Japanese malt whisky from Nikka and Karuizawa
| 13 Nov 2010 |
Karuizawa 8 y.o. (40%):
Quiet yet nice nose with gingerbread, honey and oak. The palate is at first mild, fruity and sweet but drying,
develops spices and lot of oak. Dry, quite spicy and disappointing finish. The label describes it as a vatting
of sherry matured whiskies but the the sherry character isn't prominent.
Karuizawa 15 y.o. (40%):
Gingerbread and honey on the nose, also dried fruits and oak (a bit like an old Spanish brandy). Also a little peaty.
Rich yet smooth palate, quite oaky but not overly dry. A little earthy and develops a note of mint.
Spicy (maybe too spicy) finish with brandy-like notes of oak and raisins, also cinnamon.
Nikka Yoichi 15 y.o. (45%):
Fruity, flowery, oaky nose with notes of citrus, elderflower, cocoa and a hint of wood smoke -
complex, fascinating and really nice. Sweet, smooth palate with oak, citrus and cocoa again.
Rather nice yet a bit too flowery and it develops a disturbing buttery note. Disappointing,
flowery finish. All in all it has an interesting complexity but it's a bit splintered.
Nikka Taketsuru 12 y.o. (40%):
Fragrant, floral nose with notes of oak, dark chocolate, citrus and peat - unusual yet rather nice. Mild, sweet,
floral palate, develops oak and peat. Smooth and complex with a beautiful balance between sweet and spicy flavours.
Rather nice but perhaps a little heavy on the flowery stuff...
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