Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Yamazaki Limited Edition 2015

Now that the Limited Edition seems to be a yearly thing and I really enjoyed the 2014 one it's time to taste the 2015. Bottled again at 43% vol with no age statement.

  • Nose: Sweet mango, strawberries, sweet oak, honey, apples, 
  • Mouth: Oily, green grass and malt, tropical fruit juice
  • Finish: Very light smoke and very very light peat, fruity, chestnut cream, lingering oak, rather long
Comment: A lovely summer dram, fruity and light but with depth. Some aspects feel like old whisky while others feel young and fresh... I guess that reflects a bit the whisky used in this NAS.

87 points

Nikka Taketsuru 17

Today I taste the Nikka Taketsuru 17yo pure malt. This one was bottled around 2010 with 43%vol.

  • Nose: Mineralic, green grass, pear juice, sweet peat, 
  • Mouth: Very mild, malty, light pepper
  • Finish: Sherry, light oak, very mild again, bananas, burnt oak "smell" and sandalwood
Comment: Very enjoyable whisky, fairly simple but distinctively Japanese finish.

85 points

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Uozumi Single Malt Whisky

This single malt whisky, I think, comes from the Eigashima/White Oak distillery and from my understanding is aged in a Spanish sherry cask. Bottled at 46% unchillfiltred and uncolored.

  • Nose: Vanilla, caramel, cedar wood with cinnamon and nuts, slightly sharp, grassy with honey and oak also some fresh apple, the bourbon cask is very noticeable with the nose of some dry sherry
  • Mouth: Oily, oak and fresh cut twigs
  • Finish: Relatively long and lingering with oak, vanilla and at the very end some sherry mixed with hay and sunflower oil
Comments: Definitely has the White Oak profile. Enjoyable and interesting whisky.

83 points

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Shinshu Mars 1992 for Shinanoya #1143

This Shinshu Mars was bottled for Shinanoya in 2004 and is 12 years old. Aged in an American white oak cask and bottled at 43% vol. in 720ml bottles.

  • Nose: Tropical fruits, oak, honey, strawberries, sweet herbal tea
  • Mouth: Oak and malt, spices, relatively dry
  • Finish: Malt, burnt cookies, oak, grassy, malt, dry and not overly long
Comment: Very nice nose, full and fruity but the mouth and finish can't keep up. Maybe partly due to the 43% vol. A little bit more would have helped for sure, as it stands it feels a little bit shallow.

84 points

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Yamazaki Limited Edition 2014

The Yamazaki Limited Edition 2014, so far released exclusively in Japan replaced the other Yamazaki NAS special releases for 2014. This one was aged in Sherry, Port and American oak cast with ages up to 20 years or so.
Bottled with 43% vol. and sold for a for Japanese whisky nowadays very reasonably price of around 65€.

  • Nose: Honey melon, red berries, Katjes Tropenfrüchte - gummies with tropical fruit flavor, green grass, Sherry (PX'ish)
  • Nose: Light oak, grassy, malt and berries
  • Finish: Malt, fruits, sugar syrup, sherry, a moderate amount of oak, not overly long
Comment: A lovely NAS Yamazaki, rather fruity and well integrated all around. Maybe here and there a hint of harshness of some younger whisky shimmers trough. The for Yamazaki very unusual Port cask is very well integrated. While it works very well at 43% I think a little bit more wouldn't have harmed.

87 points

Thursday, February 19, 2015

White Oak 14yo Wine Cask Finish

A fourteen year old White Oak Akashi whisky, finished in wine a white wine cask. Bottled at cask strength of 56% vol in 400 500ml bottles.

  • Nose: Smokey, almost sherry cask matured like, a little bit peat mixed with a heavy red wine like a Rioja, leather, tobacco,  with time a bit wine acidity comes forth, water makes it dryer
  • Mouth: Oily, buttery, some some and some red fruits, chocolate
  • Finish: Smokey, tropical fruits, English wine gummy, oak, water brings out some dried oriental spices and chocolate which keeps lingering
Comment: This works really well and there are lots of tastes and flavors to discover. Water changes the character quite a bit as well. It isn't 100% harmonic with the wine finish I'd say but maybe 90%... 

88 points

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Shinshu Mars Komagatake 10yo Wine Cask Finish

A ten year old wine cask finished malt bottled at 40% vol from the Shinshu Mars distillery. Limited to 500 bottles. Some pretty good info about the distillery can be found on the Whisky Mizuwari Blog.

  • Nose: Cedar wood, red wine acidity, the malt hides a bit in the background, a little bit honey and some red berries
  • Mouth: Oily, a little bit acidity, woods
  • Finish: Smokey, oily, red berries, medium long
Comment: I feel the red wine finish overpowers the malt on the nose and mouth. I don't have too much experience with wine finish, but this one only works okay'ish in my opinion and maybe the malt would haven even been better off without the finish.

81 points