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

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Nikka Pure Malt Black

Nikka claims the Pure Malt Black has a high Yoichi content and a blod taste. Reasonably priced in 0.5l bottles with 43% vol. I already tasted the Red and White versions so let's see how this fares.

  • Nose: Fruity -  papaya!, some malt, smoke, black tea, a little bit peat
  • Mouth: Oily, butterscotch, generally a tad watery/weak
  • Finish: Malt, pepper, some fruit, medium long with lingering smoke 
Comment: A great nose but mouth and finish can't keep up. Still probably my favorite of the three. The smokiness combined with the fruit is very nice.

81 points

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