Dram Review: Nikka Single Cask Malt Whisky Yoichi Nicol’s Dram

[57.8%・14 Years Old・Distilled in 1986・Bottled in 2000・Official Bottling・Cask No. 126941・Single Cask Release] Nose: A heavy belter with a heavy-handed serving of intensely creamy vanilla splashed generously with cinnamon spices.  The oak begins to char in the background as the coal smoke draws some cured meat notes to go with the ripe fruits from the spirit.…

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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…

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Dram Review: Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu And The Clouds Parted (Specially Selected by La Maison du Whisky)

[61.9%・4 Years Old・Distilled in 2011・Bottled in 2015・La Maison du Whisky Bottling・Cask No. 1371・Single Cask Release of 308 Bottles] Nose: Oh wow, such richness even for a Chichibu, there’s the impressive Madeira cask influence! Full bodied raisins with this certain aged lemon zing.  Milk chocolate coated apricots with brown sugar rub against some wood chips as…

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Dram Review: Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu White Wine Cask Exclusively Bottled for Chichibu Whisk(e)y Matsuri 2019

[63.1%・9 Years Old・Distilled in 2009・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Cask No. 2352・Single Cask Release of 245 Bottles] Nose: The cask gives a densely sweet presence on the nose, some sultana and apple vinegar note faring a tad sharp. Hint of smoked bacon along with oak in time. Palate & Finish: Bursting with energy with the floral honey…

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Dram Review: Ichiro’s Malt & Grain Single Cask World Blended Whisky Exclusively Bottled for Chichibu Whisk(e)y Matsuri 2019

[58.4%・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Cask No. 5298・Single Cask Release of 244 Bottles] Nose: German caramel biscuits and vanilla fudge, some citrus flavoured pastries, some passion fruit pulp as the dram lets out its grainy side in time. Palate & Finish: Quite intensely sweet to the taste, caramel crystals and caramelised popcorn, though it does carry lighter…

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Whisky Review: Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu On the Way 2013

Style: Sweet and Spicy Nose: Begins with orange drops, vanilla touches, and fresh peppermint brimming with beautiful wood fragrance. Light herbal overtone highlighting the sweet confectionary core. Oily, malt sponge, cake taking a hint of new make notes. Palate: Assorted green herbs, all bright and medicinal bringing in more orange confectionaries onto the palate. Malt…

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Dram Review: Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu Single Cask Peated Exclusively Bottled for Modern Malt Whisky Market 2017

[62.9%・Distilled in 2013・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Cask No. 2655・Single Cask Release of 232 Bottles] Nose: Impressively peaty, ashy, antiseptic with a hint of sweet peat amongst things, lemon marmalade churned with vanilla grain and seasoned with Italian herbs. Palate & Finish: Robust hint of peat with a lemony infusion, dried twigs, iodine and an earthy presence.…

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Dram Review: Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu Single Cask Exclusively Bottled for Modern Malt Whisky Market 2017

[60.2%・Distilled in 2011・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Cask No. 1320・Single Cask Release of 223 Bottles] Nose: Substantially tropical with pineapples and apricots generously coming through, plenty of honey to go with splashes of pepper, quite pleasing indeed. Palate & Finish: A transcending tropical sweetness under the immense strength. Wondrously fruity with some sweet soy bean note layered…

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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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