Kaiyo Japanese Mizunara Oak The Peated
Peated Single Malt — JapanTastedBriny nose, the mizunara is very obvious and this whisky helped me clearly distinguish this wood influence more generally. There are hints of soy sauce or fishiness that is really obvious on the cork where it really soaked in in the bottle I picked up — almost to the point I thought something was wrong. There is sweetness right off the bat and it quickly turns spicier—I’m leaning towards saying it reminds me of Asian food (garlicy spices, fish sauce, some funk). I’m getting some vanilla but having a hard time picking up other flavors. Somewhat dry. Finish is relatively short. Peat is just barely there at the end and very pleasant. Takes well to water.
Nikka Gold & Gold Samurai
Blended Malt — JapanTastedBright and vanilla on the nose, already some hints of harshness. Oaky. Tastes brittle, not overly complex, hints of maltiness and sweetness but quickly overwhelmed by bitterness. Water opens up sweetness a bit but the bitterness will not be denied. Seems young and best suited for a cocktail.
Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Bourbon Cask 19 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedOak oak oak. At times almost like a watered down bourbon. Most tastes have been slightly underwhelming, flavors seem watered down and very mellowed. However, after an abundance of sherried whiskies this can be a real treat. Would not miss it once its gone but glad to have it in the rotation.
Glenkinchie Distillers Edition
Single Malt — Lowlands, ScotlandTastedSherry cask influence is very apparent, nose and taste seems quite dry and grassy/leafy. Almost like chewing a pencil. Finish is somewhat long, peppery,60.0 USD per BottleVirginia ABC