Dram Review: Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu French Oak Cask 2009 (Cask No. 2357)

[63.1%・Around 5 Years Old・Distilled in 2009・Bottled in 2014・Official Bottling・Cask No. 2357・Single Cask Release] Nose: The nose is on the sharp side at first but still retains a sense of cleanness, quite spicy with a pinch of salt. The nose eventually softens to allow some coconut notes to surface.  Later, there are hints of butterscotch and…

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Whisky Review: Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu IPA Cask Finish 2017

Style: Fruity, Gingery and Bright Nose: Begins with a comfortable blend of vanilla cream and marmalade. Tropcial fruits, pineapple and overripe honeydew building on a citrus edge. Quiet forest breeze, spearmint and green pine gently sheathed by the sweetness at the core. Floral notes crystallized into sugary confectioneries which are elevated by energetic spices. A…

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Whisky Review: Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu “The First”

Style: Youthful, Sweet Orange and Vanilla Nose: Powerful spirit heat hitting the nose, peppermint surfing on top, while bright orange confectioneries chorusing full-throatedly at the core, vanilla cream settling in with bits of floral overtone. Rich and round aroma. Palate: Refreshingly sweet and crisp on the palate. Powerful heat pushes through, while orange drops flourish…

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Dram Review: Asta Morris Chichibu (Cask No. 702)

[52.3%・5 Years Old・Distilled in 2010・Bottled in 2016・Asta Morris Bottling・Cask No. 702・Single Cask Release of 380 Bottles] Nose: The nose boasts a indulging creaminess, oozing out vanilla custard and gooey egg tart centre, it’s quite a dense, unrelenting sweetness. Within the sweetness, ripe fruits are also present followed by a casual pinch of chilli and sichimi…

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Dram Review: Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu Selected by Bar Barns

[62.1%・4 Years Old・Distilled in 2010・Bottled in 2014・Official Bottling・Cask No. 657・Single Cask Release of 227 Bottles] This expression has been made with floor malted optic barley. Nose: On the nose, we have some citrus nicely propping up the bourbon cask influence with its creamy and velvety char up; it’s also floral in a rustic sense but…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 124.4 Miyagikyo “Full of secret pleasures”

Style: Musky Sherry bomb Nose: Hot Ribena boiling with peppermint leaves, quite stringent with all the spirit heat. Dunnage muskiness starting to surface. Woah, woah, what’s this? I haven’t tried a lot of Miyagikyo but this is something very different… Plenty of umami, a dash of chicken stock and soy sauce all simmering in a…

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Dram Review: Yoichi Genshu Aged 10 Years Cask No. 120913

[61.0%・10 Years Old・Bottled Circa 2000s・Official Bottling・Cask No. 120913・Single Cask Release] Nose: The nose is filled with creamy vanilla aromas, much satisfying and full of caramel fudge, toasted coconut chips, corn syrup, and comes with a generous char.  In time, it’s surprisingly woody with a bit of dirty coal soot that grows more prominent. Palate &…

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Whisky Review: Yamazaki Aged 18 Years Limited Edition

Style: Woody and Red fruits Nose: Raspberry sorbet seeping into freshly sharpened, incensed sandalwood. Strawberry cream dazzles, orchard fruits, followed by a touch of Goji berries and peppermint to bring up the drier side. Vanilla barley pushing up from the back. White oak gradually takes over, finishes with a brush of honeycomb. Palate: The raspberry…

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Dram Review: The 10th Whisky Live Japan Anniversary Bottling Hanyu (Cask No. 369)

[57.3%・18 Years Old・Distilled in 1991・Bottled in 2009・Whisky Live Japan Bottling・Cask No. 369・Single Cask Release] Nose: Loads of raisins and prunes with the dark fruits driving the creaminess, crème brûlée with some earthy notes. Nutty, walnuts and peanut butter with a faint aroma of smoked ham. Palate & Finish: Such a dark setting, rich raisins influence…

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Dram Review: Number One Drinks Company Hanyu 1991 Single Cask (Cask No. 370)

[57.3%・18 Years Old・Distilled in 1991・Bottled in 2009・Number One Drinks Company Bottling・Cask No. 370・Single Cask Release of 361 Bottles] Nose: The wood is perhaps emitting too much of its presence, fair amount of sandalwood and oak before the lavishly fragrant aromas of ripen apricots and dark honey come through. A touch of mirin in time with…

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