Dram Review: Whisky Magazine Japan Spirit Safe Karuizawa 19 Years

[60.8%・19 Years Old・Distilled in 1991・Bottled in 2010・Whisky Magazine Japan Bottling for Oxfam・Cask No. 3206・Single Cask Release] Nose: A substantially malty number, quite obviously alcoholic with some underlying notes of toffee, cereal, vanilla biscuits and burnt butter. Palate & Finish: The dough-y biscuity note seems to be the theme of the dram.  The spirit is untamed…

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Dram Review: Yoichi 余市 Manzanilla Wood Finish

[48.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 4,000 Bottles] Nose: The nose is compellingly rich, buttery and meaty toffee through and through and in time the equally rich malt begin to unfold. Palate & Finish: The Manzanilla finish lends a mellow and sweet side to things, with smooth honey leading and accompanied by mandarin peels, clean…

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Dram Review: Nikka Single Cask Malt Whisky (Yoichi 余市 Cask No. 400600)

[62.0%・15 Years Old・Distilled in 1992・Bottled in 2007・Official Bottling・Cask No. 400600・Single Cask Release] Nose: A stately and proper sense of oak.  The peat combines well with the oak; tobacco leaves, dried porcini and wet sand with a spray of brine. Palate & Finish: A deep and sharp stroke of acidic fruits together with a gentler underlying…

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Whisky Review: Yoichi 余市 2000’s

Style: Caramel-malt and Complex Nose: Smoky caramel butterscotch laminated with earthy menthol spice. Naked barley brimming emphatically, strolling down the lane we have orchard fruits contributing some nice sweetness and crispness. Very nice. Farmy peat with a slight touch of mineral and ink. Tobacco leaves, apricots and strawberry jam towards the end. Palate: Starts with…

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Whisky Review: Yoichi 余市 Single Malt

Style: Youthful and Fruity Nose: Youthful tropical fruits buzzing in, lemon balm sealing around it. Vanilla powder, barley sugar lightly torched with faint peat smoke. Underlying citrus orange surfaces and beaming positively. A small red chilli spike towards the end. Palate: More juvenile barley sugar and orange confectionaries clatter on the palate, a (surprisingly) light…

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Dram Review: Blackadder Four Years Old Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu (Cask No. 2862)

[63.0%・4 Years Old・Distilled in 2013・Bottled in 2018・Blackadder Bottling・Cask No. 2862・Single Cask Release of 237 Bottles] Nose: A thick woodiness grips the attention with plenty of leather. Some saltiness from the oak leaks into the spirit. Robust barley oozing out and in time more of that caramelised char surfaces as well.. Palate & Finish: Big bold…

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Dram Review: Asta Morris Chichibu (Cask No. 1552)

[60.9%・6 Years Old・Distilled in 2011・Bottled in 2018・Asta Morris Bottling・Cask No. 1552・Single Cask Release of  207 Bottles] Nose: Quite citrus on the nose, more so than how I remember the first batch fared. Spirit and a hint of copper move in as in time the dram boosts a buttery note; some fruits also appear but on…

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Dram Review: Chichibu The Single Cask Floor Malted (Cask No. 1774)

[63.3%・6 Years Old・Distilled in 2012・Bottled in 2018・Original Bottling・Cask No. 1774・Single Cask Release of 182 Bottles] Nose: First impression of banana oil alongside the raw strength of the spirit, the nose is creamy and immensely powerful, with ample of pepper and a vague aromatic sense of wild floral note carrying the natural malt fragrance. Palate &…

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Dram Review: Fuji Gotemba Distiller’s Select 2016

[48.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Peppery and still quite new make-y, floral car fragrance with grain and char coming on. Palate & Finish: Somewhat new make spirit orientated, but it settles down for notes of lemon with brown sugar, chocolate dust and Italian herbs. Rounded and gentle with some dried fruits. Thoughts: A mild…

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Whisky Review: Nikka Whisky From The Barrel

Style: Fruity and Grainy Nose: Begins with a youthful spirit overtone, toffee carrying an energetic grain-y buzz. Summer berries, grapefruit citrus, wafers, apple jacks with a touch of acidic raspberries. Peppermint and cloves spice zigzagging across and give some heatness to the spirit. Malt becoming fuzzy towards the back, dark chocolate finish. A light-hearted fruit-grain…

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