Saturday, August 2, 2014

Suntory Old

Suntory Old Whisky. This blend was the first big success for Suntory, released in the 1950s. Prior Suntory whiskies where the white label single malt (1929) and the Kakubin (1937) blend. Bottled with 43° vol.

  • Nose: Alcoholic bite, green bananas, grain, sweet and floral, sugar water
  • Mouth: Sweet caramel, Kellogg's Smacks cereals, mild
  • Finish: Short, sweet, some light tannins, alcohol

Comment: This has the typical young cheap'ish blend characteristics, but underneath the sweet caramel lingers some fairly decent but flawed/too young whisky. Not that bad for what it is thou.

74 points

Karuizawa - 1999 - Memories Of - #879

A 13 years old sherry cask matured Karuizawa from the Memories of Karuizawa series. Bottled at 62.9% vol.

  • Nose: Dry Oloroso sherry, rum raisins, assorted woods, sandalwood
  • Mouth: Very oily, woods, earthy with leaves like in a dry forrest
  • Finish: Red berries, a bit smokey, some light tannins, juicy tobacco, long and warm
Comment: One of the if not the best young Karuizawa I tasted so far. Very balanced with plenty of sherry and depth.

90 points

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Chichibu 2012 - The Peated

Aged for three years, the 2012 bottled Chichibu The Peated gives a peat twist on the young and lovely Chichibu malts. Bottled at 50.5% and limited to 5000 bottles.

  • Nose: Peat, without water slight alcoholic bite (here you notice the youngness), milder with water, apple and malt, oaky ham (like some of the fancy Spanish variants)
  • Mouth: Very oily, peat and a bit earthy and brine, lemon with herbs, smoky, creamy vanilla
  • Finish: Peat, pepper and chili, warm and some mint, vanilla
Comments: Not perfect but unusual and lovely. A bit reminiscent of the super peaty Octomores.

84 points

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hakushu Sherry Cask - NAS (2013)

And here we go with the 2013 release of the Hakushu Shery Cask. Unfortunately I didn't have the chance to try the 2012 release so this is my first with the Hakushu Sherry Cask NAS. Bottled as ususal at 48% vol with no chill filtration.

  • Nose: Lots of oloroso sherry, dry oak dried plums and cherries, umeboshi candy, with water a bit peppery
  • Mouth: Sherry, spices, thick and oily
  • Finish: Sherry, some light oak, oranges and chocolate, light tannins, chocolate cookies, still oily like milk
Comment: Maybe not the most complex but very enjoyable. Absolute sherry bomb.

87 points

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Yamazaki 1984

Here we go with tasting note number 100!
Aged in Japanese Mizunara, Spanish (sherry butt) and American oak casks and bottled at 48% vol.
This one is 25 years old and bottled in 2009 limited to 2500 bottles.

  • Nose: Initially very subdued, needs 20~30 minutes to fully open up. Then you get some light sherry sweet tropical fruits like papaya and mango honey and light tobacco, sandalwood, generally quite rich and thick. Over time a mint note develops.
  • Mouth: Oily with some sherry, fresh and fruity oak
  • Finish: Long with different oaks, sugary sweet and honey, sherry, spices oranges and exotic fruits, with a few drops water a rich vanilla note develops
Comment: Excellent all around! Rich and fruity with superb nose and finish. Very harmonic and sweet with much to discover everywhere. Love it.

92 points

Hakushu Heavily Peated - NAS (2013)

From the 2013 Suntory limited NAS line this years Hakushu Heavily Peated. Non chill filtered and bottled at 48% vol.

  • Nose: Peaty with smoke, peat sweetness, molasses, sandalwood, with water a bit grassy-green and honey melon. A bit hot on the nose without water.
  • Mouth: Sugary sweet peat, but also dominating peat which overpowers other more subtle flavors, medium oily and a tad medical, pepper
  • Finish: Peat, grassy sweet, pepper and spice, brine, lingering peat sweetness at the very end.
Comment: The peat is fairly overpowering, also quite spicy with pepper. Generally I think the peat and pepper is too dominating and unbalances the whisky a bit. Still a good whisky although not for everyone.

82 points

Monday, April 7, 2014

Yoichi NAS

A no age statement Yoichi bottled in 0.5L bottles. Surprisingly easily available here in Germany - bought it in a supermarket! 43% vol. alcohol

  • Nose: Malt, medium peat and smoke, some green vegetables and green banana maybe, slightly youngish with some mild alcoholic bite, raisins
  • Mouth: Peat and relatively fruity, some alcoholic bite but not too bad
  • Finish: Warm, peat, smoke, chili and a touch of oak
Comments: Very enjoyable to drink although a touch youngish in the overall profile. But for the price it's excellent.

80 points