Dram Review: Miyagikyo Single Cask 1996 (Cask No. 42439)

[62.0%・18 Years Old・Distilled in 1996・Bottled in 2014・Official Bottling・Cask No. 42439・Single Cask Release] Nose: 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…

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Dram Review: Ichiro’s Malt Hanyu 1991 (Cask No. 1386)

[54.1%・22-23 Years Old・Distilled in 1991・Bottled in 2014・Ichiro’s Malt Bottling・Cask No. 1386・Single Cask Release] Nose: Madeira fills the nose entirely, the resemblance is just uncanny.  Well tuned aged citrus oozes out of the slightly meaty presence.  The creamy undertone works well with lush notes of dark chocolate, toffee and syrup soaked strawberries. Palate & Finish: Such…

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Whisky Review: Hibiki 響 12 Years Old

Style: Fruity and Grainy Nose: Crisp red apples immersed into honey toffee. Coconut cream gradually drawn into the core. Cranberries brimming positively, then comes a whiff of barley grains. Dry grass, even a touch of nutmeg at the tail. Simple, calm fruity tone. Pretty neat. Palate: Red and green apples lightly coated with golden syrup.…

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Whisky Review: Hibiki 響 17 Years Old

Style: Smooth, Caramel fruits and Grains Nose: Caramelized pears dressed around delicious ripe banana puree. Subtle barley husk scattered on top, grain signatures craftily wrapped up to give a beautiful touch. Orchard fruits surfing on the second caramel wave, perfect heat, vanilla with garden herbs, especially basil, singing softly at the edges. Perfect sweet/dry balance.…

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Dram Review: Karuizawa Noh 21 Years Old (Cask No. 6149)

[63.6%・21 Years Old・Distilled in 1994・Bottled in 2016・The Number One Drinks Company Bottling・Cask No. 6149・Single Cask Release of 380 Bottles] Nose: Quite malty on the nose at first but then the peat cuts in assertively and perhaps somewhat unexpectedly early.  Honey, heather and dry herbs follow, in time the dram grows smokier with a distinct dirty…

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Dram Review: Karuizawa Noh 15 Years Old (Cask No. 2326)

[62.2%・15 Years Old・Distilled in 2000・Bottled in 2015・The Number One Drinks Company Bottling・Cask No. 2326・Single Cask Release of 495 Bottles] Nose: The nose is quite pungent, heavily handed on the malt, butter and honey. The vanilla note is quite prominent with some toasted nuts and almond butter as well, gets quite bread-y, raisin bread in particular.…

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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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