Toki Suntory Whisky

Thank you to /u/distillasian for pouring me this sample. So one day I started ranting to my whisky friends about?Toki Suntory Whisky. Why? Because we’re a bunch of snobs who have had cask strength, age stated, now long gone/way too expensive Japanese whisky. And during this Japanese whisky boom, where everyone and their mother will tell you that “Scotch is dead” and “It’s the best”, the whisky… Continue reading Toki Suntory Whisky

Akashi White Oak 5 White Wine Cask

? Thanks to /u/tishpickle for pouring me this dram. Here we are at Advent Calendar Day #12. Yes, I’m sticking to this. Now. Mostly. I don’t know, I’ve been busy, maybe I should stop all of this? Nah, that’s silly, we came this far. So I’ve been doing blind tastings of whiskies my wife chose and sorted in a silly way. Let’s see what’s up next, shall… Continue reading Akashi White Oak 5 White Wine Cask

Karuizawa 10 1996 Single Cask – Sample Bottle

Thanks to /u/walking_spanish for the sample. If you’re like me, Karuizawa is that word you know you can’t pronounce correctly (‘karo-zau-wa’) that means “whisky I can’t possibly afford a bottle of”. But why? Well, Japanese whisky is one of those things we need to discuss. Because there’s a lot of misinformation on. First up, the main elephant in the room: All Japanese whiskies are pure gold that… Continue reading Karuizawa 10 1996 Single Cask – Sample Bottle

Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu The Peated 2011

Thanks to /u/xile_ for the sample. I’ve had Ichiro’s malts before. The big thing about them is the card series. Also how legendary Hanyu is and the fact that it closed down. I’m also pretty bad at trying a lot of legendary drams. It’s no real surprise: I’m not rich and I don’t say only nice things about whisky. Thus it’s a tad harder for me to… Continue reading Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu The Peated 2011

Ohishi Rice Whisky Sherry Cask

Thanks to /u/nsquare14 for sending me some samples. Really appreciate these, as he sent me some I’ve never reviewed as a thank you for the reviews. Ohishi distillery was founded in 1872. They are the closest distillery to the Kuma River, known for superior water quality. I assume that it involves robots making it better somehow. Ohishi is primarly known for its sake and shochu, and… Continue reading Ohishi Rice Whisky Sherry Cask

Ichiro’s Malt Triple Review (Malt & Grain, MWR – Mizunara Wood Reserve, Double Distilleries)

Being a good reviewer while not hurting new distilleries is a hard balancing act. One that I feel torn between. I enjoy visiting new distilleries. I feel they are the ones who are trying new things. However unless you’re one of the lucky people out there who understand how Kilchoman does that crazy thing they do with young drams, it’s not going to be that… Continue reading Ichiro’s Malt Triple Review (Malt & Grain, MWR – Mizunara Wood Reserve, Double Distilleries)

Akashi White Oak 5 Sherry Cask

Thanks to /u/theslicknick6 for this sample. If I have “oops” in my whisky reviews, it would be not getting around to some distilleries. One of which is White Oak Distillery, which I’m told is in the Hyogo prefecture. It’s too bad I’m utterly terrible at geography, or that would have significance to me. The distillery is owned by Eigashima, who makes sake and shochu. Sake is… Continue reading Akashi White Oak 5 Sherry Cask

Reviews: Nikka Taketsuru 12 and 21

Nikka Taketsuru 12 Appearance: 1.2, Chestnut Nose: Lots of honey and malt, menthol, empire apples, a floral note that almost comes across like fresh dryer sheets. The profile is somewhat shallow in depth. Taste: White fruits and moderate wood spice on the arrival, a slight tartness, honey, under ripe banana. Fairly one dimensional really. Finish: Quite short and light, malty honey, white pepper. I almost get … Continue reading Reviews: Nikka Taketsuru 12 and 21