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Number 1 Drinks Company Karuizawa 1984

A very powerful single cask Japanese bottling that comes at a whopping 61.9%.  This one was a sherry cask and that is evident in the nose.  There is also a floral note and rather surprisingly considering the ABV.. not much alcohol.  The taste is powerful, sherry, fruits, dark chocolate and even a little smoke.  Very good.  The finish is very dry and then a slight perfurmed, even soapy, note at the end.  Very exotic which is probably to be expected for a rather unusual Japanese single cask.  Needs a little water and time to open up, this is not an everyday dram for sure, but a "right time, right place" sort of dram.

Update:  As I went back to this bottle the "exotic / soapy" note in the finish become more like sulphur.  Could this be the infamous sulphury note I have heard of but never found before?  I will send some samples of this to some contacts and get a second opinion.

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  • Country of Origin: Japan
  • Type: Single Malt
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': No
  • In '101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die': Indeed

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