[61.2%・Distilled in 1988・Bottled in 2014・Ichiro’s Malt & Shinanoya Bottling・Cask No. 192・ Limited Release of 471 Bottles]
Mizunara wood with a slightly acidic tone, pine wood and hazelnuts integrates nicely with the malt to form a foundation that later on releases notes of beeswax and warm tea infused with lemon and honey, the wood becomes more grounded and expressive in time.
Palate & Finish:
Citrus and lemon with quite a splash of pepper over golden honey as spices and oak come on. The oily spirit carries this fermented rice note much like sake.
A mild finish that steadies on with honey and floral notes as the malt and wood slowly take over.
Composed and sophisticated aromas on the nose but the palate doesn’t quite capture the magic.
A missing puzzle perhaps (pun intended)?