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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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: Karuizawa Aged 10 Years

[43.0%・10 Years Old・Ocean Whisky Bottling] Nose: A whiff of packed raisin fructose arrives initially on the nose, surrounded with nips of pears, figs and wood chips. There is an understated layer of malt and vanilla cream, just enough in dosage that it adds to the depth but not so much that the tone gets weighted…

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Dram Review: Miyagikyo 12 Years Old Malty & Soft

[55.0%・12 Years Old・Bottled Circa. 2012-2015・Official Bottling・Limited Release] One of the key note expressions from the distillery in Sendai in the rather limited Nikka series, it has been procured by the wonderful Tokyo Bird for the lucky crowd here in Sydney. Nose: A lovingly rich dose of malted buttery shortbreads on the nose. Soft fruity note…

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Dram Review: Hakushu Heavily Peated Bottled in 2012

[48.0%・Bottled in 2012・Original Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: A delicate sweet smoke on the nose, cucumbers and forest pines. It doesn’t feel like it’s heavily peated, the peat is clean. The freshness of green fruits is truly lovely with just a hint of vanilla and a brush of honey. The woody peat and green papaya notes come…

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Dram Review: Yoichi 12 Years Old

[45.0%・12 Years Old・Bottled Circa. 2010-2013・Official Bottling・General Release] This particular expression doesn’t surface on our shores that often, and I really dig it. Will be sad to see it go. Nose: Very fruity on the nose. Blackcurrants, blueberries and that sugary goodness in ripe Japanese strawberries. The oak comes out with underlying notes of smokiness and…

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Dram Review: Hibiki 30 Years Old Bottle No. 39894

[43.0・30 Years Old・Hibiki Bottling・Limited Release]   Nose: Syrup glazed walnuts and poached peach on the nose, the smoke is ancient and regal. Also present are soft black pepper and tender plum like fragrance.
 Let it breathe and the rich toffee comes out along with delicate wood and some corn oil with just a couple drops of…

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