Palate: Immediately sweet with a slow implosion of peat that seems to arise from nowhere.
Finish: Long, lingering, massive malt frame.
Comment: Sheer brilliance. An absolute must for anyone who regards himself a whisky connoisseur. 9.25/10
[These notes are reproduced from Whisky Magazine Issue 13]
Tasting Notes from Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)
Nose: very elegant, starting on walnut cake and hints of gingerbread. Goes on with quite some vanilla and cinnamon, pollen, tobacco… Rather beautiful oakiness. Also fresh strawberries.
Mouth: creamy but nervous, with a smoky start, quite powerful and concentrated. Walnut liqueur, speculoos again like in the Miyagikyo, candy sugar. Slightly minty. Gets spicy (cloves), gingery… Long finish, faint cardboardiness, lots of spices, bitter chocolate, a little salt and various nuts. Bold and complex – different (very ‘Japanese’) but beautiful. 87 points
Customer Reviews: (3 reviews)
Really very nice stuff, this. That "cardboardiness" isn't so faint in my view, but it isn't cardboard. It's a Japanese smell/taste I can't put my finger on, but it took me back 25 years to when I was there! Not bad for a blind tasting. Hence, this dram reminds me just exactly how incredible malt whisky can be.
- Richard S., 28th Dec '12
I thought it would be easy for me to find this in the United States. Come to find out, it is damn difficult. Thank god I have friends in Japan.
- Shawn Beauville, 27th Jan '08
I traveled to Japan and visited the the Miyagikyo Distillery in Sendai. Brought with me a few bottles of this marvelous whisky which really surprised me with its honey/nut taste combined with the malty taste which I allways look for in a good bottle.
- Sir Daniel Bergman, 29th Nov '07
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