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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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: 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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