Sunday, December 7, 2014

Chichibu - 2009 - 5yo - Sushi & Soul #609

A single cask Chichibu joint bottled for sushi + soul in Munich and Bar Zeotrope in Tokyo. I'm tasting the sushi + soul version here - and tasted it together with the Chichibu On The Way. 61.6% vol. and aged in a first fill bourbon cask.

  • Nose: Vanilla, cinnamon, mild with light oak, water opens up the nose with rich butterscotch
  • Mouth: oak, creamy vanilla, cookie dough, oily, full bodied and round
  • Finish: Warm, long, oak, a hint of cloves, caramel candy
Comments: For a mere 5 year old this is deliciously rich, oily thick and full bodied. But it needs 10 to 15 minutes to breath to achieve that, so tad patience is needed. Best Chichibu I tasted so far.

88 points.

Chichibu - On The Way

A multivintage Chichibut consiting of 2008, 2009 and 2010 bourbon and japanese Mizunara oak casks. Bottled in 2013 and 9900 bottles of this Chichibu exist with an abv of 58.5% vol.

  • Nose: Vanilla, sweet, cream caramel, oak, sandalwood, herbal spices, water adds more spices and pepper
  • Mouth: Creamy, mild and plenty of spices
  • Finish: Warm, very oily and creamy, a hint sharp
Comments: Excellent Chichibu with a very noticeable Mizunara profile. Maybe a tad young, the finish lacks a bit of body I'd say. Definitely needs some time in the glass to breath.

87 points

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Nikka Pure Malt Red

The red version of the Nikka Pure Malt series with the White, Black and Red. The Red is said to have a high Miyagikyo content. Bottled at 43 % vol. in 0.5L bottles.

  • Nose: Some smoke and sherry, honey, honeyed herbal tea, damp moss
  • Mouth: Mild, oak, brown leaves (like the ones that lay around the streets in autumn), some vanilla
  • Finish: Mild, light smoke and sherry, sweet
Comment: Like the White the Red doesn't have an overly Japanese profile in my opinion but it is a lovely sweet drinkable malt none the less.

81 points

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wakatsuru Sunshine 1990 Cask#311.312.313.314.315

Even though advertised as 20 year old this Wakatsuru is actually 23 years old as this was distilled 1990 and bottled in 2013. Bottled at 59% vol. in a 72cl ceramic bottle. Sounds fancy enough, so lets see how its actually tastes. Aged in an refill american white oak cask. For more info also see the Auc Claude rakuten page.

  • Nose: Without water very closed and with some light alcoholic bite. With water menthol, mint, green tea, Maggi and shoyu. Ashy with some light peat.
  • Mouth: Creamy and oily, if you add the the wrong amount of water plywood and a little bit biting with alcohol
  • Finish: Warm and dry, creamy vanilla sugar syrup, a tiny bit plywood, glue, alcohol and some smoke.
Comments: Careful with water here, no water results in alcoholic biting all around with some unpleasant plywood, too much does the same. There is literal sweetspot between those two where the plywood subdues and thick sweetness surfaces. This is a difficult one, not super sure how I should rate this one... but eh...

74 points

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Nikka Kingsland

Nikka Kingsland blend miniature. Tasted this together with the Nikka Super and the Nikka Gold & Gold blend. 43% vol.

  • Nose: Malt, light smoke, some light green fuits and vegetables
  • Mouth: Mild cream, woods, juicy and full bodied
  • Finish: Light grassyness, a bit oak and molasses
Comments: This is a good blend. Japanese profile and good all around qualities. Recommended.

77 points

Nikka Super

Nikka Super Blend, tasted together with the Nikka Gold & Gold and the Kingsland blend. Bottled at 43%.

  • Nose: Malt, a touch alcoholic, some alcohol, slight caramel but generally dry
  • Mouth: Mild, oily mouth feel, corn and sugar
  • Finish: Some light tannins, a little bit woods, malt and slightly smoky
Comments: Pretty good all around blend with a fairly Japanese profile (a little bit Yoichi?). Only the slightly alcoholic nose is a minus.

75 points

Nikka Gold & Gold

Nikka Gold & Gold blend. Bottled at 43%. Tasted this together with the Nikka Super and the Nikka Kingsland blend.

  • Nose: Initially an alcoholic bite, gets better with some breathing but still present, some light menthol, molasses
  • Mouth: Mild, a little bit smoke
  • Finish: Malt, caramel, short and sweet, a little oak
Comments: Mouth and finish aren't too bad but the inexpressive alcoholic nose kill the enjoyment of this one a bit.

74 points