Posts Tagged “Japan”

Karuizawa 1981 La Maison Du Whisky – An Olympic Parisian

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Karuizawa 1981 La Maison Du Whisky – An Olympic Parisian

La Maison du Whisky is France’s leading whisky retailer, and the purveyors of Whisky Live Paris, which is one of the Continent’s foremost whisky events of the year. Whisky Live Paris is usually held on the last weekend  in September, one week before The Whisky Show in London. This whisky is linked also by another,…

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Karuizawa 1980 – Coming Your Way Soon

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Karuizawa 1980 – Coming Your Way Soon

Specialty Drinks is continuing to bottle single cask Karuizawa expressions, of which stocks are now down to below 50 casks,  and The Whisky Show is the showcase for the new expressions each year. Last year it was the two Geisha labels (reviewed here) and the utterly stunning 1981 vintage, which I reviewed here, and sadly…

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A Single Barrel of Karuizawa, the Dear Liquid

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A Single Barrel of Karuizawa, the Dear Liquid

Within the Japanese whisky craze washing over the whisky world, Karuizawa has its own kind of crazy. Tulipmania in full bloom. Here are just two selections of the most recent Karuizawa craziness, off of recent auctions. The first is a bottle released by The Whisky Exchange this past October, one I have tasted and reviewed…

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Staying with Nikka Miyagikyo, Reviewing the 15 Year Old

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Staying with Nikka Miyagikyo, Reviewing the 15 Year Old

Yesterday I reviewed the Miygikyo 12 and found it just a little too put together. How does the 15 year old fare? Photo Credit: whiskymag.jp Yesterday’s blind tasting whisky was the Tobermory 10, which I had recently reviewed, so I’m sticking with notes from the London Whisky Show that I didn’t get to yet. Miyagikyo…

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Japan’s Nikka Miyagikyo 12 – Could it be Just a Bit Too Perfect?

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Japan’s Nikka Miyagikyo 12 – Could it be Just a Bit Too Perfect?

Israel’s whisky community is now in the midst of the first organized blind tasting organized by Tapuz Wine and Alcohol Forum’s Admin and resident whisky buff Assaf Harel in conjunction with Sitonaut Binyamina, who organizes next month’s Whisky Live Tel Aviv. We got 14 blind samples, and have one revealed each night at 11pm. The first…

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The next Karuizawa – Will you get your hands on one?

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The next Karuizawa – Will you get your hands on one?

Closing out our Japanese high end quartet is the 1981 Karuizawa, to be released sometime in the near future by Specialty Drinks through The Whisky Exchange. Pricing has yet to be announced, but it may be higher than the £375 of the October release, a speculation I’m making simply because tasting it cost a full…

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A Pair of New Karuizawas – Bourbon and Sherry with Mirror Geisha Labels

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A Pair of New Karuizawas – Bourbon and Sherry with Mirror Geisha Labels

Following yesterday’s post on the Joker, I’ll stay with Japanese whisky for a bit. As you know from reading my post on the first day of the Show, people were dashing out as fast as they were checking into show to get into the shop to stand on a queue inside the store to buy…

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Hanyu Joker – The 54th Card in the Deck

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Hanyu Joker – The 54th Card in the Deck

Japanese whisky is all the rage now, and if the whisky was distilled in a now closed distillery, you can just double the crazy. Add to that the yearly debate about the so called “Whisky of the Year”, and you got total madness. Of the two closed Japanese whisky distilleries, Karuizawa tends to steal the…

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Japanese Sherry Dive Bomb – Miyagikyo Single Barrel

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Japanese Sherry Dive Bomb – Miyagikyo Single Barrel

No introductions to Japanese whisky are really needed. Both Santory and Nikka produce world class whiskies, Karuizawa is a real frenzy whisky and the popularity of Japanese whisky is soaring. Nikka’s main and most widely known distillery is Yoichi, but wanting input from a different style of distillery, Nikka founded Miyagikyu to produce a mild,…

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