A journey round Islay, visits to Maker's Mark and Penderyn, and the conclusion to our trip down the Rockies
Ichiro's Malt 1985 Ace of Spades
Single Malt - Japan - 55.00% 7 When oak is elegantly mastered, no problem. Same with the alcohol. A beautiful example of controlled maturation.
Ichiro's Malt 1988 King of Diamonds
Single Malt - Japan - 56.00% 8 Water undoubtedly tames the alcohol but alters the freshness and enticing natural sharpness of that bold whisky.
Ichiro's Malt 1988 Single Malt Vintage
Single Malt - Japan - 56.00% 8 A pungent character. Warm phenolic and uncompromising but hiding a pleasant cereal sweetness. The alcoholic strength is somewhat burning though. Water helps but does not cut all the sharp edges.
Ichiro's Malt 1990 Queen of Hearts
Single Malt - Japan - 54.00% 7 A well balanced and refreshing dram. Try it with raw fish and ginger in vinegar.
Ichiro's Malt 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 46.00% 7 The nose is more enticing than the palate. Water reduces the gap, bringing in a velvety texture.
Ichiro's Malt Ace of Diamonds 1986 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 56.40% 8 Intense and packs a considerable punch.
Ichiro's Malt Ace of Hearts, 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 56.00% 8 Water cuts the edges a little but does not mellow the sourness.
Ichiro's Malt Card Joker
Single Malt - Japan - 57.70% 8 Now this is how I like my sherry matured whiskies, with a bit of age and oxidation notes to add character.
Ichiro's Malt Chichibu Chibidaru
Single Malt - Japan - 53.50% 7 Water makes it easier to drink.
Ichiro's Malt Eight of Hearts 1991
Single Malt - Japan - 56.80% 7 An intense flavour package.
Ichiro's Malt Five of Spades 2000 9 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 60.50% 7 Exotic herbal and vibrant.
Ichiro's Malt King of Spades, 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 57.00% 8 A liquid dessert. Reminds me of a rich Balvenie. Superb dram.
Ichiro's Malt Ten of Clubs 1990 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 52.40% 7 It has balance but needs to be approached with cautious respect.
Ichiro's Malt Three of Diamonds
Single Malt - Japan - 56.00% 7 Lacks balance. Alcohol is quite fierce. Water tames it down but needs to be strictly dosed as it enhances bitterness. Some character but quite sharp.
Ichiro's Malt Two of Clubs
Single Malt - Japan - 57.00% 8 The nose is more appealing than the palate. Water tames it.