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.

Palate & Finish:

A indulging festive mic of poached fruits and Christmas pudding, the coal smoke gives a warming presence as a feisty showing of spices serve to lay the path for an introduction of sweet vanilla and fig jam.

The sweet gooey presence peels off in the finish to reveal a lasting tail of peat smoke and ash.

Thoughts:

I have always thought highly of Yoichi single casks, perhaps not the most exquisite whiskies out there, but they often do come in immense characters.

Thoroughly enjoyable.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

-Nicholas

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 dose of brown sugar syrup and marzipan. The oak tannins are at work amidst the intense sweetness.

A firm and spicy burn that transitions into a much gentler, creamy finish of piccolo and some lingering iodine..

Thoughts:

Stylistically quite like the virgin oak cask bottled by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society a few years ago, but that cask was exceptional.  Still, another solid virgin oak cask by the distillery..

☆ [Recommended]

-Nicholas

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 of apricot nectar with delicate sugary smoke. A wee hint of glue and wood chips, reminiscent of a childhood wood craft class from years ago.

Palate & Finish:

A luscious body of a palate, tropical fruit nectar and vanilla cream with a hit of wood spices. The maltiness surfaces with the spices slowly but surely reaching crescendo.

The spices prolong in the finish but eventually fizzle out, making way for the soft caramel notes.

– Nicholas