56%, 70 cl, 2013, Sherry Butt #155, Number One Drinks - 595 bottles
When asked which is my favourite Karuizawa, this one often comes to mind. I can’t say if it’s the best, but I am particularly fond of its notes of Mirabelle plum, kumquat and physalis that add nuances to the distillery’s typical trademarks, such as incense, old leather and sandalwood, with, at times, a few animal aromas that lead us to game and musk. As a whole, it is particularly appealing at this time of the year.
59.4%, 70 cl, 2012, Sherry Hogshead #5322, Number One Drinks - 205 bottles
Two Karuizawa are better than one, so I thought I’d make the most of this auction to taste another whisky from this famous distillery. Once again, it boasts incredible charm. In this bottling, Karuizawa is spicy (clove, pepper), earthy (black truffle, vetiver) and smoky. It is also slightly reminiscent of the powerful fragrance found on an old leather jacket. Allowed to breathe a little, a certain freshness takes hold with notes of mint and star anise that drift towards tiger balm. As a whole, incredibly complex and sensual.