Karuizawa Spirit of Asama (55%)

  • Distillery: Karuizawa
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A marriage of 77 sherry casks from years 1999 and 2000 - the last ones when this great distillery was still making whisky.

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Aroma: alcohol is present, lots of nuts, pepper, other spices and herbs. New furniture, leather. Orange liqueur. Very similar to weaker version, bit more spicy (cause of alcohol?).
Palate:  sweet orange notes are changed by leather quickly, then pepper, cinnamon, orange peel and melting toffee. Mint and wax, grapefruit peel. Finish: long, warm, nutty and sweet.
Comments:very similar to it's weaker version, more power and character. Pleasant undiluted. Bit sweeter. FInish is almost identical. Well made.


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