Friday, September 22, 2017

J.B.A. Whisky Byron

A blend distilled in 1957 and bottled in 1967 - so it should be 10 years old.
JBA stand for Japanese Bartenders Association.
42% vol.


  • Nose: Oak, moss, wet old tree bark, menthol, slightly smoky, green banana
  • Mouth: Oily, sweet oak, 
  • Finish: Oak, lingering, sticks to the tongue, mossy again, at the very end again green banana
Comment: Interesting for sure, maybe not the most balanced but for the price its a good deal. I like it

Points: 84

Sasanakowa Cherry Whisky

Again a simple mixer blend. 37% vol.


  • Nose: bubblegum, glue,  sweet cherry yogurt (Danone or something along those lines)
  • Mouth: mild, sugary, oily
  • Finish: again bubblegum, oak, malt, mainly smooth with a tad sharp alcohol at the very end plus some minor cardboard
Comment: The cherry yogurt bubblegum is very unusual, otherwise not too much depth. But good to drink and interesting to boot

Points: 78


Sun Peace Extra Gold


Looks like a simple mixer blend to me. 37% vol.


  • Nose: Grain, very light, very light stale beer, a young profile, gets a bit sharper over time
  • Mouth: not much
  • Finish: a bit corn, sugar water, young grain whisky
Comment: Seems very young and doesn't have much to offer.

Points: 72

White Oak Akashi Sea Anchor

An Akashi blend. 40% vol.


  • Nose: Banana, glue, some acidity like in old apple juice, alcohol
  • Mouth: Oily, sweet
  • Finish: Malt, barley, some hints of chocolate and leafs
Comment: Not too bad, but seems a bit young with some unpleasant alcohol notes. Not sure about the sea or anchors here :)

75 points

Nikka Black Clear

A 37% vol no age statement blend from Nikka.


  • Nose: Very light fruitiness, a bit alcohol bite, some sweetness. Not too horrible.
  • Mouth: Alcoholic
  • Finish: A bit fruit, fairly mild, again alcohol
Comment: Almost nothing to it, tastes like a bottom shelf mixer which it probably is.

70 points
(2017)

Suntory Royal SR

One of the Suntory Royal variants, this one is without age statement. 43% vol.


  • Nose: Smokey, Tobacco but fairly subtle in general
  • Mouth: Fairly bland...
  • Finish: Bitter oak, corked wine, hay
Comment: Really not much going on here, the finish reminds more more of corked wine than anything. Would not recommed.

65 points
(1990s...)

Chichibu Chibidaru 2009 - 2013 Ichiro's Malt

A small "chibi" cask. Bottled at 53.5% vol.

  • Nose: Very fruity, vanilla, juicy oak, banana, assorted tropical fruits,
  • Mouth: Vanilla, passion fruit, creamy
  • Finish: Medium long, a bit oak, cheesecake, tropical fruits again
Comments: love this!

88 points