[62.0%・18 Years Old・Distilled in 1996・Bottled in 2014・Official Bottling・Cask No. 42439・Single Cask Release]
The nose starts off with pinewood and a thin brush of peat, unfamiliar but incredibly full bodied, fresh paper and cigar humidor as the ashy note begins to surface. The fresh fruits and vanilla custard fare subservient.
Palate & Finish:
Citrus lemon and vanilla, honey and sugar as spices sprinkle down, the oak lends a sophisticated note to the affair. Sandalwood and soft peat wraps around the clean sweetness.
Delicate peat follows the spices and continue to stretch in the finish, hint of orange marmalade as well.
Peated Miyagikyo! I would have picked this as a Yoichi, or not a Japanese whisky at all.
Cheers Clifford for the dram.