Karuizawa 22 Years Old SMWS 132.2 62.4% 1991

€ 8.262,81 (ex Vat)
9.998,00 (in Vat)
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Distillery Karuizawa
Bottler The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Serie Stunning panorama of exotic fruits
Bottled for
Distilled date 04.09.1991
Bottling date 2013
Country Japan
Region Kochi
Age 22
Cask Type Refill ex-Sherry Butt
Cask Number 132.2
Alcohol percentage 62.4
Volume 0,70
Condition Perfect
Label Perfect
Stock 1

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Karuizawa 22 Years Old SMWS 132.2: A Rare Masterpiece of Fruity Delight

Karuizawa, a closed and demolished distillery from Japan, continues to astonish whisky collectors and enthusiasts with its exceptional bottlings. A gem within the Karuizawa collection is the Karuizawa 22 Years Old SMWS 132.2, a whisky bottled by the independent bottler The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. This particular expression is infused with a stunning panorama of exotic fruits and offers an unforgettable tasting experience.

Distilled on September 4, 1991, and bottled in 2013, this whisky reflects the careful maturation in a Refill ex-Sherry Butt. With a robust alcohol percentage of 62.4%, this Karuizawa bursts with character and flavor.

Observing its deep peach gold color, curiosity is piqued. The nose reveals an intriguing blend of aromas. From nettle soup and weak milky coffee to rooibos tea and roasted vegetables like pumpkin and sweet potato. As the whisky unveils itself, the realization that it has matured for several years comes forth. Notes of an old wine cellar, a touch of oak, and old malty nuances add complexity to the aroma.

With the first sip, this Karuizawa enchants with its silky texture and almost effervescent sensation on the tongue. Spices, hot mint, dry roasted elements, cake, oak, and all-around goodness unfold in perfect harmony. While the influence of sherry is present, it does not overpower, allowing the whisky to retain its own character.

The finish is a celebration of fruitcake and tea buns. Gloriously long-lasting and consistent, the flavor lingers and seduces the senses.

This Karuizawa 22 Years Old SMWS 132.2 is presented as a smooth, complex, and easily drinkable whisky that cannot be easily categorized. It is described as "beautifully complex and inviting" and "classy and restrained, balanced, poised, and distinguished." It has received approval and achieved a high score. It was even more satisfying when the cover was removed and we discovered it was a Japanese whisky! No wonder it's such a gem!

With only 335 bottles produced worldwide, this Karuizawa 22 Years Old SMWS 132.2 is highly sought after and exceedingly rare whisky. It is a tribute to the lost distillery and a centerpiece in any collection. If you have the opportunity to acquire this bottle, you will be rewarded with an unforgettable journey through the flavorful world of Karuizawa.

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