Whisky Review: Yamazaki Heavily Peated 2013

Tasting Notes: Yamazaki Heavily Peated Style: Fragrant and Oaky Nose: Aroma of lively vanilla honey dripping onto barley, Autumn forest and shrine wood. Fresh beat from zested orange, pineapple and white pepper. A rather woody body which is slightly smoked and peated, faint notes of white flower and nectar. Palate:  Strike a few keys lower at the…

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Whisky Review: The Yamazaki Puncheon

Thick fluffy peach-vanilla spiced with a quick spicy touch of pepper and cloves. Tender fragrance of honey milk soap diffusing in a heart warming fashion. Tight notes of orange zest, rather raw and bitter-ish at the back. A delicious blend of pineapple juice and vanilla cream! Fruitiness went into an aromatic burst, followed by soft…

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Dram Review: Yoichi 12 Years Old Woody & Vanillic

[55.0%・12 Years Old・Bottled Circa. 2012-2014・Official Bottling・Limited Release] This is a bottle supplied to Nikka bars in Japan exclusively. Bottled at 55% ABV. In many ways, keynote bottles such as this that aim to showcase the wide spectrum of the flavour profile that goes into the standard Yoichi range are more sought after by cask strength…

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Dram Review: Fuji Gotemba Kirin Fuji Sanroku 18 Years Old

[43.0%・18 Years Old・Official Bottling・General Release] Kudos to the Baxter Inn for securing a bottle directly from Japan. This is not a bottling from the ‘Big Four’ Japanese Distilleries but instead it’s produced in Fuji Gotemba distillery, owned by the beverage giant Kirin and it is just as highly sought after by the people in the…

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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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