Saturday, January 24, 2015

Nikka 2000 Coffey Grain Cask# 231298

Another Nikka Coffey Grain whisky. This time a 11 year old single cask aged for 11 years. Bottled at 63% cask strength and as of writing this still available in some stores.





  • Nose: Oak, dry, water soaked grains, slight sweetness
  • Mouth: Oak, raisins, with water a (quality) vodka note comes forth
  • Finish: oak, sweet, some raisins again, with water slightly alcoholic again
Comment: Not overly complex but a grain whisky which despite its for a grain whisky young age is quite tasty. I enjoy it more without water despite its high strength.

83 points

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Togouchi NAS

The Togouchi isn't a strictly Japanese whisky. From my understanding Chugoku-Jozo imports Scottish malt and Canadian grain and blends and ages them in Japan. Anyways let's try this 40% vol. no ages statement blend.






  • Nose: Slightly biting, mandarin oranges, vanilla, cinnamon, relatively young and light
  • Mouth: Mild, molasses, young grain, light bodied
  • Finish: Molasses, hints of oak and cedar wood, oranges with clove, medium long
Comment: This is fairly pleasing with some complexity shimmering trough the overall light bodied whisky.

78 points
(2014)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Nikka Coffey Malt

Nikka Coffey Malt - tasted this one together with the Nikka Coffey Grain. Distilled in the Miyagikyo distillery. 0.7l bottle with 45% vol and no age statement.





  • Nose: Glue, malty, sweet acorn, candied apple, hints of smoke
  • Mouth: Oily, creamy, light malt
  • Finish: A bit alcohol, light caramel and malt, glue again, a little bit of Miyagikyo profile in the very end.
Comment: Definitely not the usual Miyagikyo profile. It needs some time to breath for the nose to open up. Like the Coffey Grain the mouth feel has a very unique creamy mouth feel. Overall the malt wasn't too exciting to me though. 

78 points
(2014)

Nikka Coffey Grain

To quote the Nikka website: Nikka operates two Coffey stills (named after its inventor Aeneas Coffey) within the Miyagikyo distillery for the elaboration of its grain whiskies. Imported from Scotland in 1963, these old stills yield a distillate with more flavour and depth than modern column stills, imparting a distinct character that defines the house blends. These two unique bottlings showcase the innovative spirit of Nikka.

Bottled in 0,7l bottles at 45% vol. with no age statement. Tasted this together with the Nikka Coffey Malt.
  • Nose: Some biting alcohol, light bodied, a little bit raisins, sharp
  • Mouth: Creamy or milky..., very grainy taste, light sugar water
  • Finish: Alcohol, grain, vodka, light oak influences, short
Comment: I did not enjoy this very much, a strong alcohol flavor more in the vein of new-make. Nikka has much better offerings in that price-range.

73 points
(2014)

Monday, December 29, 2014

Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve

So I finally got around to taste the more or less recently released Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve. This NAS bottling replaced the 10 year old Yamazaki in the lineup. Bottled at 43% vol.







  • Nose: Not overly sweet - some light sugar water and flower nectar, unripe apricot, a tiny little bit alcohol, grain, fresh sourdough bread,
  • Mouth: Creamy and moderately oily, not too much body, a bit hay and meadow flowers maybe
  • Finish: Slightly sour yellow fruits, very fresh, hints of oak, green vegetables ...celery sticks, spinach, sugar water
Comment: A lovely light and easy to drink whisky. Ideal for to enjoy during a mild summer night - too bad it's winter right now. Comparing it directly to the 12yo Yamazaki - the next step up in the lineup the 12 year old is much more full bodied in the mouth with more oak in the profile and much rounder as a whole package. But it's a worthwhile replacement for the discontinued Yamazaki 10yo.

81 points
(2014)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Chichibu - 2009 - 5yo - Sushi & Soul #609

A single cask Chichibu joint bottled for sushi + soul in Munich and Bar Zeotrope in Tokyo. I'm tasting the sushi + soul version here - and tasted it together with the Chichibu On The Way. 61.6% vol. and aged in a first fill bourbon cask.







  • Nose: Vanilla, cinnamon, mild with light oak, water opens up the nose with rich butterscotch
  • Mouth: oak, creamy vanilla, cookie dough, oily, full bodied and round
  • Finish: Warm, long, oak, a hint of cloves, caramel candy
Comments: For a mere 5 year old this is deliciously rich, oily thick and full bodied. But it needs 10 to 15 minutes to breath to achieve that, so tad patience is needed. Best Chichibu I tasted so far.

88 points.

Chichibu - On The Way

A multivintage Chichibut consiting of 2008, 2009 and 2010 bourbon and japanese Mizunara oak casks. Bottled in 2013 and 9900 bottles of this Chichibu exist with an abv of 58.5% vol.







  • Nose: Vanilla, sweet, cream caramel, oak, sandalwood, herbal spices, water adds more spices and pepper
  • Mouth: Creamy, mild and plenty of spices
  • Finish: Warm, very oily and creamy, a hint sharp
Comments: Excellent Chichibu with a very noticeable Mizunara profile. Maybe a tad young, the finish lacks a bit of body I'd say. Definitely needs some time in the glass to breath.

87 points