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Japanese Whisky - Single Malt

Mercian 1987 Single Cask
Single Malt - Japan - 58.70%
7 More complex than the younger vintage.

Mercian Single Cask, 1991
Single Malt - Japan - 62.80%
7 Pleasant. Could be slightly rounder.

Miyagikyo 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 45.00%
7 Nose is more attractive than the palate. Lacks elegance and cohesion.

Miyagikyo 1987, Cask No. 60236
Single Malt - Japan - 61.00%
7 How can whisky leave its signature behind that thick oak panelling? No chance.

Miyagikyo 1987, Cask no. 89714
Single Malt - Japan - 61.00%
7 Another example of sherry domination. Where's the balance?

Miyagikyo 1990 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 61.00%
7 Funny enough,that strong dram is better neat. But give it time.

Miyagikyo 1991, Cask No. 117705
Single Malt - Japan - 61.00%
7 Quite a nice refreshing dram when generously diluted.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Miyagikyo 22 Years Old 1986 Single Cask
Single Malt - Japan - 63.00%
8 The soft juicy Miyagikyo shows its darkside.

Miyagikyo No Age
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
7 Not at its best.

Miyagikyo Single Cask Sendai, 1990
Single Malt - Japan - 60.60%
7 The orangey colour suggests some sherry. Nikka's Sendai distillery has in this instance produced a nuttier, maltier style of whisky than Yoichi.

Nikka Black 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 40.00%
7 Easy-going, well-balanced. To be enjoyed as a refreshment with water and ice.

Nikka Single Coffey Malt
Single Malt - Japan - 55.00%
7 Layers of seductive soft fruitiness. A malt made in a Coffey still? Why the hell not!

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Hakushu 1981, 21 Years Old, 120.1
Single Malt - Japan - 60.70%
8 A very enigmatic malt. Lighter in body but drier and more assertive in flavour than Yamazaki. A digestif.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yamazaki 1979, Japanese Oak Cask, 119.2
Single Malt - Japan - 57.40%
8 A breakfast malt? Splendidly complex, with Japanese oak adding that extra touch of distinctiveness.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yamazaki 1980, White Oak Cask, 119.1
Single Malt - Japan - 50.90%
8 Elegant, and more flavoursome than Suntory bottlings I think.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yamazaki 1991, 11 Years Old, 119.5
Single Malt - Japan - 62.20%
8 Saves all the action for the finish. Very appetising.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yamazaki, 10 Years Old, 119.3
Single Malt - Japan - 56.20%
8 A surprising amount of peat in this usually very delicate malt.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yoichi, 116.1
Single Malt - Japan - 56.60%
8 A whole sequence of flavours emerges in this vintage. These are flavours I have found before in Nikka whiskies, but they have not been especially evident elsewhere in this flight.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yoichi, 116.4
Single Malt - Japan - 64.90%
8 Lots happening. Nice interplay of elements.

Sendai 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 45.00%
8 A totally different style from Yoichi malts. A very enjoyable, sweet, pick me up. After a round of golf?

The Whisky Exchange Spirit of Asama
Single Malt - Japan - 55.00%
7 Unfortunately, very one-dimensional.

Tsuru
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
8

Yamazaki 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 40.00%
7 A charming summery dram. The perfect “herbal tea” to savour while gazing at the moonlit sky.

Yamazaki 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
7 This was a pioneering malt in Japan, for which Suntory deserve great credit.

Yamazaki 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
7 A pioneering malt in Japan, for which Suntory deserve great credit. In its early days, it was rounded and delicate, as though wary of offending anyone. Now it is more intense, confident and elegant.


 

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