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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Monday, 20 August 2012

JAPANESE WHISKY SPECIAL - YAMAZAKI vs. HAKUSHU - DISTILLERY BOTTLINGS

Its time for another wander off the beaten Scotch whisky path... this time to Japan for a try of some of their malts.

Both of the malts below comes from distilleries owned by giant 'Suntory' and both whiskies carries no age statement and are matured in 1st fill bourbon casks.

Kampai!

Yamazaki NAS, 48,2%, 1st fill bourbon casks, Suntory

Colour: Straw

Nose:
Loads of vanilla (pods), spices and high quality American bourbon notes.
Cinnamon and crisp warm home baking with red fruit jam. Tropical fruits in there too... a light and easy approachable 'highland' style.

Taste:
Extremely spicy, vanilla, (very) peppery and drying oak.
Fruits galore and warm apple pie again - cloves too. Again extremely spicy/peppery and a little to much for me, but its still very good whisky!

86/100!


Hakushu NAS, 48,2%, 1st fill bourbon casks, Suntory

Colour: Straw


Nose:

Oak spices, white garden fruits, hay, hint of wet paper and a heavier style bourbon sweetness - very 'speyside' in style. Hint of earth/mold and a noticeable flowery note.

Taste:
More white fruits, and much heavier in style than the Yamazaki and way more balanced too. Flowery notes again with a malty finish and a hint of grist?, Lovely!

89/100!

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