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Yamazaki – 12 Years Old

Yamazaki – 12 Years Old

This was the first Japanese whisky to receive serious marketing. It arrived on the scene as long ago as 1984. Bottled at 43% ABV. It has had colouring added. Nose: Hay, bananas, peaches, brazil nuts, there’s an earthy, woody note as it opens. Green tea. Palate: Quite sweet with a lot of prickle on the tongue. A fair amount of oak. Grapefruit zest. Finish: Quite long and sweet, with cinnamon and maybe a little ground ginger. Another cracker of a…

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Nikka – All Malt

Nikka – All Malt

Thanks to No Nonsense Whisky for firing me over this sample. Another of my 101 Whiskies list. This is Japanese blended whisky. It features Yoichi and Miyagikyo whiskies, along with some whisky that’s made at Myagikyo in a Coffey still, so it’s technically grain whisky, but it’s made from barley malt only. Bottled at 40% ABV and with colour added. Nose: The ethanol is quite strong to start, but it’s quickly replaced by cinnamon and chocolate. A little honey. Hints…

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Nikka – From the Barrel

Nikka – From the Barrel

Dram 5 from The Dram Team’s #WorldwideWhiskies box takes on a long haul flight to Japan. Japanese whisky has been winning awards aplenty of late, and this is no stranger to prizes. A real star. This is bottled at 51.4% ABV. Colour has been added. Deep gold in colour. Nose: There’s a sweet aroma the moment you pour this suggesting a powerful nose. Straight in with acetone, cloves, orange zest. Quite lively. Nose with caution. Pencil shavings. Brown sugar as…

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