Sunday, May 20, 2012

Karuizawa For TIBS/WhiskyLive Tokyo 2012 Vintage 1999-2000 Marrying Cask #7698 61.7%


Review by Nonjatta contributor - Dramtastic:

Karuizawa For TIBS/WhiskyLive Tokyo 2012 Vintage 1999-2000 Marrying Cask #7698 61.7% abv
Nose: Quite simple. Raisins, oranges, lemon, vanilla, hay, rubber, oregano, burnt pie crust. Fairly benign overall for 61.7% abv.
Palate: Taken neat, there is a little raisin, bubblegum, rhubarb, strawberry, but you've gotta work hard to find it. Actually too brutal at full strength to reveal any complexity. With water, there is a lot of bitter tannins. Way to much really. Extreme bitter dark chocolate, some bitter orange peel, grapefruit and a smidgen of vanilla (thank heavens).
Finish: Either too brutal without water to be complex or bitter to the max with the water added.

1 comment:

Stefan said...

I had the same feeling when I tried it earlier this month, and it confirmed my suspicion that we've got to be careful with these "multi-vintages": it seems to me that their very raison-d'etre is that the constituent casks were of inferior quality. I know that with some creative re-casking / finishing and vatting, it is sometimes possible to creative something that's more than the sum of its parts, but it's not something that's easily accomplished as these two releases show. As far as I'm concerned, when I see a multi-vintage Karuizawa and when it's cheaply priced (as these ones were), alarms bells start ringing.