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Monday, June 26, 2017

Glen Orchy 5 yo, 40%

Review #487
This is a blended malt made for Lidl. It’s a blend of whisky from Highland, Lowland, Campbeltown and Islay and is finished in Sherry casks. A bit rough on the nose with a mix grass, hay, pears and just a hint of peat in the far background.

The peat comes forward in the taste. White fruits as well mixed with a bit of citrusy notes. The roughness comes forward in the finish with the notes of grass and hay. The sweetness is a mix of vanilla and pear sweetness.

I didn’t expect anything, but I quite enjoyed it. With that said, it is young, it is rough and I probably want come back to this one. I would recommend to stay clear of water as it doesn’t seem to do anything but make the whisky weaker… I will give this 80/100 (19/21/20/20).

Taketsuru 21 yo, 43%

Review #486
This is a multi award winning blended malt. Fruity … Just fruity at first in the smell… Red berries and sweet raisins. It is very rich in flavours and in the background, I find hints of leather and old dusted books.

Full of flavours in the taste, without the alcohol takes over, and fruits like cherries, raisins and ripe plums comes forward. The sweetness joins in the finish without being sugary, Overall coffee and dark bitter chocolate is present.

A great Japanese whisky, but the price was a bit more realistic when it came out. It is rich and full of flavours with those great dark notes you rarely find in Japanese whiskies. I will give this 87/100 (21/22/22/22).

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Ichiros Malt & Grain, 46%

Review #485
This is a worldwide blended whisky, which suggest that it isn’t Japanese whisky only. Light and sweet in the smell. Caramel, like Werther’s Original, and white fruits. Sweet pears with a hint of pineapples and coconut.

Again light and fruity in the taste and hints of oak and a mix raisins and dates mixes in. The finish is long and warm and covers your mouth in caramel oiliness and wood spices.

Not overly complex, but in every other way it gets the job done. The malt whisky and the grain whisky is very well chosen and very well put together! I will give this 84/100 (21/22/21/20).

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Kirin, Fuji-Sanroku, 50%

Review #484
This is a “Japanese-market-only” release from Kirin. It was released in 2016. Marzipan sweetness, almonds, honey and hints of vanilla in the smell. It is very sweet.

The alcohol has a greater impact in the taste. Burned caramel and oak. The 50 % shows and shoves the sweetness in the background, but just at first, and in the finish the sweetness is back. Still with the marzipan as the dominant factor!

This is mostly just sweet, and the complexity is almost missing. A fine dram, potent at 50 %, and just nice and easy going. At least if you are used to cask strength whiskies. I will give this 81/100 (21/20/21/19).

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Suntory White Label, 40%

Review #483
This is a light and dry blended whisky from Suntory. Vanilla and honey in the smell. A bit rough alcohol notes and a general lack of flavours. It doesn’t hurt nobody though…

A bit better in the taste where the alcohol burn works in favour for the whisky. Again the vanilla is in focus and actually not much happens, and that is the same story for the finish

My guess would be that this is meant for mixing in drinks and cocktails. The Japanese Highballs. Not bad as such, just very boring and bland and the strong vanilla notes probably works better for drinks. I will give this 76/100 (19/20/19/18).

Monday, June 19, 2017

Suntory Royal, 43%

Review #482
This is a blended whisky that originates back to 1960 where it marked the 60th anniversary of the company. It is called a superb entry level Japanese whisky, but we will get back to that. Light, fruity, dry with hints of bitter oak in the smell. The fruits is predominantly dried fruits. A very easy dram indeed!

A slight burn from the alcohol with oak at first in the taste. Then some dried fruits and wood spices. Cinnamon as the dried fruits mixes – reminds me a lot of Christmas cake. The finish is just a continuation of the taste, but almost without sweetness. That’s a bit strange…

A very classic Japanese whisky, that comes in strange size bottle – 66cl. Dry, dried fruits and oak. The lack of sweetness makes it a bit off, and in my opinion an odd choice of an entry level Japanese whisky. I will give this 80/100 (20/20/20/20).

Friday, June 16, 2017

Suntory Special Reserve, 40%

Review #481
This is a blended malt containing whisky from Yamazaki and Hakushu Distillery. Give it a couple of minutes in the glass and the fruity and malty notes comes forward in the smell. It is not very sweet, a bit dry, with a touch of oak.

A little alcohol burn in the taste despite the 40 %. Again the fruity notes is in focus. Some dried fruits like prunes and raisins. Some vanilla comes forward in the finish with the fruits that lingers out. A little bitterness from the wood as well.

A nice dram that actually works at 40 %. The fruitiness makes up for the missing alcohol kick. I would absolutely love to try this at cask strength or even just at 46 %. I will give this 83/100 (21/20/21/21).