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Ichiro's Malt Card Joker Tasting notes and reviews

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Ichiro's Malt Card Joker

Brand
Ichiro's Malt
Expression
Card Joker
Type
Japanese Whisky ~ Single Malt
Abv
57.70%
Produced at
Venture Whisky Ltd
Availability
Worldwide

Chris Goodrum

88
Nose
Intense, pungent aromas of herbal, coffeed sherry. Spicy with cinnamon, clove and coriander seed. A light Cognac-esque rancio appears. Water softens, bringing out orange and dried fruit.
Palate
Intense, with coffeed tannic wood notes. Raw but juicy with raisins and dried white grape. Neat, the alcohol is masking. Less intense with water, emphasises the juiciness.
Finish
Good length with lingering dried fruit, marzipan and coffee.
Comment
Now this is how I like my sherry matured whiskies, with a bit of age and oxidation notes to add character.

Neil Ridley

83
Nose
Bold, brash and smouldering. Some dark smoky notes, rich woodiness and some medicinal / menthol, tarry elements too. Water reduces the strength, but fortunately broadens the flavour, rather than washing it away. Nice.
Palate
Peppery at first, with menthol, hints of ashy smoke, some well balanced floral notes and toasted oak.
Finish
The smoke is teasing; not too dominant, but just making its presence known.
Comment
A well-rounded peaty beastie. Plenty of personality and enough power to give it some serious weight.
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