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[10 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
Ichiro’s Malt Wine Wood Reserve -Review

Day #3 of our little Japanese Whisky review series , and today with Ichiro’s Malt.
For those who are not familiar with Ichiro Akuto, the grandson of the founder of now closed Hanyu Distillery. He started the Chichibu distillery in Japan’s Saitama prefecture in 2008, which by now released a few young (but good) expressions under the Chichibu label [check out …

Featured, Headline, Japanese, mars, Shinshu, Tasting Notes »

[9 Feb 2015 | 2 Comments | ]
Mars ‘Komagatke’ 10 yo – Review

Day #2 of our wee Japanese Whisky series, and today with a quite unknown distillery : mars Shinshu. It is  the located at Miyata village in the Nagano prefecture owned by Hombo Shuzo Co ltd. It was founded in 1985 and was operating until 1992, and re-opened in 2011). Due to the high altitude (800 meters above sea level) it …

Featured, Headline, Japanese, Miyagykio, NAS, Nikka, Tasting Notes »

[8 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
Nikka Miyagykio NAS – Review

The fact that Japanese whiskies are great is not a secret anymore. yes, we malt geeks have known this for a long while, but It seems most other people are just findint out about that, after this year’s Bible release and some major newspapers and sites picking up on it and claiming it has “defeated” scotch, or something like that. …

Headline, Japanese, Karuizawa, Tasting Notes »

[15 Jan 2015 | 2 Comments | ]
Tasting Karuizawa 1977 cask # 7026 Noh Whisky

Last week when going through my stack of samples in several boxes, and trying to make sense of what I got and should taste, I came over a few gems, one of which was this whisky. I filled a wee sample of this last year when I visited Sjoerd who was lucky enough to buy some lovely Karuizawas when the …

Featured, Headline, Japanese, NAS, Tasting Notes, Yamazaki »

[6 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
Tasting Yamazaki Puncheon (2012 edition)

Been quite a while since I posted any Yamazaki tasting notes, and it’s always good to come back to one of my favourite Japanese distilleries. If you have not tried the 12, 18 year olds by Yamazaki, do yourself a favour and check out my notes, then go get a bottle. Great stuff. Really textbook whiskies. This however is a …

Featured, Headline, Japanese, Karuizawa, Tasting Notes, The Whisky Exchange »

[1 Sep 2014 | 3 Comments | ]
Karuizawa 1984, cask #3663 (Speciality Drinks)

Karuizawa. the stuff whisky geek,lovers and aficionados dream about (they can hardly afford it nowadays), and even after all the hype is gone, Karuizawas are quite amazing drams, you have to admit that. A few months ago Speciality Drinks (a sister company of the TWE, owned by the same famous Sukhinder) announced it was bottling a cask from 1984, and …

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[13 Jun 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Karuizawa Spirit of Asama–55% abv

So an affordable Karuizawa? what a grand idea! This was the intention of the lovely guys at Number one drinks, and the folks at TWE when they set to vat 77 casks distilled in 1999 / 2000 together to create a NAS Karuizawa that everyone can afford without selling a body organ or a family member to slavery. But how …

12Blends, Blended Malts, Featured, Headline, Japanese, Nikka, Tasting Notes »

[3 Apr 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
#12blends Day 2 –  Nikka All Malt

Day 2. yes.
This dram was sent courtesy of Sandy Gould (@sjjgo on twitter) who sent a very interesting and delicious dram over :  Nikka All Malt.  I’ve Never had this one myself, but from the nose it was evident to me this is malt whisky and not blended whisky. But which? I had no idea this was Japanese, and although …

Hakushu, Headline, Japanese, Peated, Tasting Notes »

[2 Apr 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
Hakushu Heavily Peated

After a week long vacation due to the Passover holiday,  I am back with new tasting notes and it’s fun to be back. What can be nicer than start the week with a nice Japanese whisky, heavily peat too. yup.
This one has been sitting around for a few months, ever since my sample swap with Dave A. a fellow Whisky …

Headline, Japanese, Karuizawa, Sherry, Single Cask, Tasting Notes »

[27 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]
Tasting Karuizawa 1984 cask # 3692

Another wee cracker from #1 drinks, this time a 1984 , which i see is mainly sold in Sweden (Systembolaget), but i am afraid is mostly gone by now. this one is obviously a sherry cask (first fill i would guess), and is lovely stuff. was able to find a bottle at a French online shop I never heard of …