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...

75 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

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Nikka Taketsuru NAS

The Nikka Taketsuru is a non age statement blended malt released in 2014 (in Europe). According to Nikka most malts in this one are around 10 years old. Bottled at 43% vol.

  • Nose: Wood aromas, berries, green banana, grape gums, muscat grapes
  • Mouth: Some light sherry, oily, wood, some slight tobacco, feels and tastes a bit watery nonetheless
  • Finish: Fruity, sherry and honey and a hint of smoke. Still a bit watery. Adding a little bit water enhances the fruity aromas and adds some vanilla.
Comment: Lovely blended malt with a very Japanese profile. But the weak bodied watery taste in the mouth and finish diminishes the overall enjoyment a little bit. Adding water gives it more fruitiness but certainly doesn't help with the slightly watery overall taste.

83 points

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Miyagikyo 1989 - 23yo - Cask #40745

A Nikka Miyagikyo single cask from 1989 bottled in 2010. 60% vol. Not sure what cask type this is...

  • Nose: Oak, solvent, a little tobacco, licorice, water opens it up a lot with smoke, sherry and caramel with vanilla
  • Mouth: Oily, smoky, burnt ham and burnt/caramelized papaya and figs, oak and something like chewing on fresh green'ish twigs
  • Finish: Smoky, a bit oak and sherry, water makes it peppery and more smoky. A tad sharp and fairly dry. At the very end some subtle (Fino?) sherry comes trough.
Comment: Flavorful with some tasty caramelized fruits but it's not one that is easy to grasp. You need two or three sessions with this one. Also a bit rough around the edges.

87 points