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Japanese Whisky - Single Malt

Scotch Malt Whisky Society 120.4 Tibetan Joss-Sticks and Polynesian Pork 1990 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 59.30%
7 The nose is a delight. To enjoy the palate,you have to be a wood freak.

Chichibu Newborn (Cask #447: Double Matured, Unpeated 1 Year Old)
Single Malt - Japan - 0.00%
This is all about the wood and while I can see the commercial interest this is just an interesting experiment that's been bottled. Personally, I prefer it in refill and am willing to wait.

Chichibu Newborn Cask #126
Single Malt - Japan - 0.00%
Shows that there's complexity. Evidence that Chichibu is one to watch.

Chichibu Newborn Heavily Peated Cask #451
Single Malt - Japan - 0.00%
Has more presence than cask 447 thanks to the smoke which allows the spirit to show through some pretty domineering oak. A market for a developing style.

Fuji Sanroku 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
7 The complexity of the nose is not reflected on the palate. But the clean dryness makes it refreshing and enjoyable.

Fujigotenba 15 Years Old, Single Grain
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
7 Characterful but I would have easily mistaken it for Cognac.

Fujigotenba 18 Years Old, Single Malt
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
7 I like its balance and elegance. Again in a cognac style like a mature X. O. from 'fins bois terroir'.

Golden Horse Chichibu 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
7 Fresh, lively, flirtatious but slightly tart and astringent.

Golden Horse Chichibu 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 50.00%
6 Bittersweet, sophisticated.

Golden Horse Chichibu 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
7 Well-balanced. Elegant.

Hakushu 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
7 What you nose is not what you get. The palate is rather coarse as much as the nose is subtle. Water cuts the edges.

Hakushu 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
7 A perfectly balanced dram. Fruit and spices mingle gently.

Hakushu 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
7 Delicacy to the fore. A breakfast dram.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Hakushu 12 Years Old Pure Malt
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
8 A beautifully structured, appetising, whisky. Captivating.

Hakushu 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
7 Less sweet and fruity on the palate than the nose led you to expect. The balance is not there. Water makes it more bitter.

Hakushu 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
7 A colourful character, lively and dancing on nose and palate.

Hakushu 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
7 Another lighter one which only gets going in the middle of the mouth.

Hakushu 1982 Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Japan - 61.00%
7 I would love this whisky if it had a little less wood. I want to love it anyway, but in the end the wood defeats me.

Hakushu 1984 White Oak Cask
Single Malt - Japan - 61.00%
8 Its edgy assertiveness might bother aesthetes but I warm to a whisky that knows its own mind.

Hakushu 1988 Bourbon Cask
Single Malt - Japan - 61.00%
8 Lean, limber and characteristically smoky. A clear sense of Hakushu malt without heavy wood influence.

Hakushu 30th Anniversary Bottling
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
8 A beautifully composed whisky. No aggression, but a great sense of authority.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Hokuto 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 40.00%
8 A wee cracker. Nothing sophisticated. Clean, straight and well combined. Quite cheering.

Hokuto 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 40.00%
7 A pleasant summery dram. Keeps fruity all the way.

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.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

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.


 

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