A fascinating whisky made with Yoichi, Miyagikyou and some 'grain' whisky that isn't really grain - it's malt whisky made in a Coffey still at Miyagikyo! So this is really a vatted malt, or 'blended malt whisky' as we're supposed to call it these days
This is a very moreish whisky; smooth and sweet. It is not a complex whisky but it makes a very enjoyable and affordable everyday whisky
- M. Ozdamar, 21st Apr '12
Bit disappointin really - which is a surprise because Nikka 'from the barrel' is by the same firm but SO much better. Fascinating hints of cherry blossom - although a bit firey and short. Vanilla Oak is a bit to domminant.
- Tim nice but dim, 9th Feb '12
This whiskey is not too bad but it is not great either. A bit rough and lacks good finish.
- stardust, 4th Nov '11
I am afraid I will have to disagree most of the reviews.... it is totally out of balance. Way tooo much coconut,,, and coconut,,, and coconuts.... Just not my type... It is just a boring
- anonymous, 5th Sep '11
Definitely one to try! This was my first Japanese whisky and a great introduction. Very drinkable, and an interesting alternative to scotch, add a little water and the falvours develop into something quite unique harking back to its cherry blossom origins. A good price too!
- Freddie Reidy, Somerset, 11th May '11
Excellent. Not as sweet as some reviews may suggest. It's spayside-y and it's good. Not as good as "from the barrel" but still - very good.
- Audrius, 13th Nov '10
Enough with all the price, tax, shipping conversations; this is simply really good whisky and should be enjoyed by all. Better than a lot of Scotch that I have had.
- steve, 3rd Nov '10
The UK duty on a 75cl bottle of spirit at 40% is £7.14. Then you add on VAT too. By the time you factor in shipping costs etc., I would say this is at an equivalent price to the supermarket in Taiwan. It's the government that takes the rest of the money.Plus at £21.95 a "quality" UK whisky is actually only slightly more expensive than the Japanese when you take off all the tax, and that small price difference probably has more to do with national distilling reputation than taste.
- Dayv, 2nd Oct '10
A really enjoyable Japanese whisky that is bursting with flavour and is well balanced. Really good value for money too. As for the earlier poster and his price remarks - yes it will be cheaper in Asia. Funnily enough Wild Turkey Rare Breed is cheaper in the US. Tax and distribution costs just might play a part in the UK retail price. Why on earth would TWE post the prices of other countries on their website. Good on you TWE Admin.
- Martin Shillitoe, 2nd Mar '10
A full-flavoured, hot and very drinkable whisky.And my congratulations to TWE Admin for their response. Highly amusing.matt 13
- anonymous, 5th Feb '10
Despite the rudeness, I have to agree with TWE Admin here. This is far from a 'cheap' whisky. It is filled with flavour, a mighty fine drink of a qaulity equal to, if not at times exceeding, Scottish whisky in the same price range.Alcohol in the U.K. is vastly, vastly, more expensive than it is in many places in the world, and that is especially true when compared to a place like Taiwan [which, I should mention, is not Japan and thus not the country of origin.]
- anonymous, 30th Jan '10
I think the point that the 28th Aug poster was making is that this is a "cheap" rather than a "quality" whisky as the price misleadingly suggests. Your rather rude response is somewhat uncalled for, whatever happened to "the customer is always right" ?
- anonymous, 21st Oct '09
Many thanks to the above poster for their valuable insight. We had no idea that a product might be cheaper in its country of origin than in a country on the other side of the world where little things like transport and administration costs (not to mention punitive duty and taxes) might be a factor. Bravo.
- TWE Admin, 28th Aug '09
Like all the Japanese whisky in the UK, it's vastly more expensive than it should be. About eight quid in the supermarket in Taiwan. Not published, surprise surprise. BTW Yamazaki 12 yo is less than half your price in Taiwan too. It isn't a single malt either (This whisky).
- anonymous, 28th Aug '09
its ace i bought it and drank the whole lot yum!
- anonymous, 13th Nov '07
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