Dram Review: White Oak Akashi Aged 12 Years

[50.0%・12 Years Old・Bottled in 2011・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 2000 Bottles] 
 
Nose:
 
The dustiness sets an ominous vibe, but is immediately lifted by the pleasure of a creamy white wine presence.  Sichimi with a surprising dose of antiseptic and burnt plastic.
 
Palate & Finish:
 
Incredibly syrupy at first with the sweet condensed grapes, it’s full of tropical fruits.  There is a wet peaty character coming through; meanwhile the polished woodiness is elongated, a clean but well constructed delivery. 
 
Wet earthiness with a sea weed-y influence, with a hint of digestive biscuits sipping through.

Thoughts:
 
I dig it.  There is a certain fascination to a dram that displays authentic rugged characters without crossing the line and becoming unrefined.
 
 
-Nicholas