Thursday, December 27, 2012

Karuizawa 21yo 1991/2012 ‘The School of Malt – Lesson III’ selected by Dave Broom

Review by Ruben of WhiskyNotes

The School of Malt is a series of whiskies selected by whisky critic Dave Broom and bottled for Whisky-E, Prior to this Karuizawa 1991, there was a Tomatin 1976 and a Ballindalloch 1976 (Glenfarclas) in the same series.
Karuizawa 21 yo 1991 ‘The School of Malt – Lesson III’ (63,7%, No.1 Drinks 2012, sherry butt #9091, selected by Dave Broom)

Nose: a fairly dry start, with a typical oriental spiciness but also the kind of slightly sour tobacco leaves and a flowery aroma that I often get in 1990’s Karuizawa. Oranges and lemon. Some varnished oak. Chocolate notes and a faint hint of smoke in the distance. Mouth: at first dried fruits and sweetness of baked pears, evolving to more tangy flavours like zesty oranges and ginger. Pepper. Then some liquorice and earthy notes. Again a hint of smoke. Finish: long and dry on oranges, spices and roasted nuts.

A good educational dram to show some typical characteristics of this distillery, but in term of sheer enjoyment I’ve had better ones. Around €145. Sold out.

1 comment:

NyNy said...

For a change can you recommend perhaps some champagne or sparkling wine? :)

By the way, I have a post reflecting on four cultures cuisines: British, Jamaican, Japanese and Korean. Any recommendations and comments towards this post would be grateful! Thank you! http://nynyonlinex.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/food-from-other-cultures/