Dram Review: Ichiro’s Malt Hanyu The Game

[61.2%・Distilled in 2000・Bottled in 2009・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 476 Bottles]

Nose:

A rich, fulfilling oomph of gooey custard oozing pastries.  Oak and pepper piercing through as a layer of vanilla paste gets brushed onto charred toast.

Palate & Finish:

Vanilla and lemon butter churned with pear puree.  The thick creaminess sips out more and more along the way and brings with it nibs of crushed digestive biscuits.

Icing sugar with some sweet lemon notes, with the burnt crystallized sugar on a Portuguese tart as well.

Thoughts:

A prototype exhibiting what eventually would become known in Chichibu whiskies?  Accommodatingly lovely albeit not quite composed.

☆ [Recommended]

-Nicholas