By: Greg | Review Date: 9/8/2013
I opened the Karuizawa 13 this evening. I'm not sure how to put it into words but I'll try. The nose is the most compelling aroma I've ever smelled in a whiskey. This going to sound crazy but right up front is BBQ, beef bouillon, dark dark fruits, wisps of smoke.....holy cow this is a crazy nose. I can't stop nosing the glass.........
The entry is a powerful, big meaty profile, some heat, sherry is there but in a dark aged way.....coats the tongue is a big way....finish is so long......bitter chocolate on the finish but some sweet sherry notes hanging around.
I would say this is the Mephistopheles beer of whiskey.....big, bold, chewy, complex with so many flavors dancing in and out....it's a crazy whiskey. At only 13 years old....its so so good. This is going to be fun to try over and over.