Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Miyagikyo 1989 - 23yo - Cask #40745

A Nikka Miyagikyo single cask from 1989 bottled in 2010. 60% vol. Not sure what cask type this is...








  • Nose: Oak, solvent, a little tobacco, licorice, water opens it up a lot with smoke, sherry and caramel with vanilla
  • Mouth: Oily, smoky, burnt ham and burnt/caramelized papaya and figs, oak and something like chewing on fresh green'ish twigs
  • Finish: Smoky, a bit oak and sherry, water makes it peppery and more smoky. A tad sharp and fairly dry. At the very end some subtle (Fino?) sherry comes trough.
Comment: Flavorful with some tasty caramelized fruits but it's not one that is easy to grasp. You need two or three sessions with this one. Also a bit rough around the edges.

87 points

Miyagikyo 10

The Nikka Miyagikyo 10 year old. The youngest standard from the Nikka Miyagikyo distillery with an age statement. Bottled with a solid 45% vol.








  • Nose: Green vegetables, fresh and light malt, banana, tropical fruits, water makes it fruitier 
  • Mouth: A bit smokey and grassy, slightly oily
  • Finish: Spices, caramel, vanilla, poundcake with caramel cream, cream, light smoke/ peat and oak.
Comment: Generally not too, it doesn't feel too young although it still feels not completely round. Unlike with the Yoichi I think the Miyagikyo 12 is a good step up from the 10yo.

83 points
(~2014)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Kirin - 50°

And another bottom shelf whisky. This time the Kirin Whisky 50°. The 50 suggest the 50% abv. which makes this one stand out a bit from the usual cheap whiskies. Costs around 10~15€ if  I remember correctly with 600ml bottle size.






  • Nose: Fruity banana, earthy and some light oak, a touch alcoholic
  • Mouth: Malt, light sweetness, green vegetables (green pepper'ish)
  • Finish: Sweet malt, a touch sherry, chocolate, oak
Comment: For the price quite complex and strong enough for some experimenting with water. Maybe a touch too young and a little bit too much caramel... otherwise recommended.

77 points
(2014)

White Oak - Gold

A cheap blend(?) from the Eigashima distillery. Bottled with 39% vol. and costs less than 10€ in a 550ml bottle.












  • Nose: A bit alcoholic with pea soup !? and vinegar
  • Mouth: Sweet and watery with a touch Kellogs Smacks
  • Finish: Very short, some light malt and chocolate. Very sweet
Comment: Remarkably unremarkable with barely any flavors present but fairly drinkable.

70 points
(2014)

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
(~2013)

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