Nikka Yoichi Single Malt
Peated Single Malt — JapanReviewed January 9, 2023Nose: Sweet, raisins from the Sherry casks Taste: Lots of American Oak with moderate peat and some sweetness. Finish: long finish with spice, peat and oak. Just a lovely, balanced whiskey. #8 of 2023 Japanese Whiskey Advent Calendar
Big Peat Blended Malt
Peated Blended Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed January 8, 2023Nose: Peat and herbatious (mint?). Taste: Ash, cigarettes, leather. Little depth. Bitter and somewhat astringent. Finish: More ash. Peaty advent calendar #7 2022.
Hatozaki Japanese Blended Whisky
Blended — JapanReviewed January 2, 2023A pleasant surprise! Nose: Sweet (vanilla) and sour (grain and funk) Palette: Begins delicate and sweet (vanilla). I haven’t been able to tell what type of barrels they use. I wondered if they use a bit of Mizunara, but they would probably say so if they did. The initial taste is eventually largely dominated by peat and spice. Finish: Peat lingers for a long, warm finish. Though this blends whiskeys up to 12 years old, it tasted a bit young. Still, for the price, I’d be interested I getting a bottle. However, I’d be interested in trying the Hatozaki Small Batch given the small price increase and the fact it explicitly lists Mizunara. #7 Japanese advent calendar 2022
Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve
Peated Single Malt — JapanReviewed December 16, 2022Lots of oak (honey and vanilla), something minty or herbaceous with a pleasant surprise of rising peat that lingers on the finish. I’m getting American oak and little Mizunara. #6 of Japanese advent calendar.
Torabhaig Allt Gleann The Legacy Series 2nd Edition
Peated Single Malt — Island, ScotlandReviewed December 14, 2022An intriguing dram. As if they tightened the aperture of an Ardbeg. More intense peat on the palette but without the breadth of an Ardbeg. Similar profile of peat, smoke and anise. Perhaps weaker on the nose but stronger on the finish. Day 6 (or so) of peaty advent calendar 2022.
Kurayoshi Pure Malt Whisky
Blended Malt — Multiple CountriesReviewed December 2, 2022Nose: Agave/tequila Palette: oak, pineapple, cream Finish: Peppery spice Perhaps a bit young but an interesting dram to unpack! #5 2022 Japanese Advent calendar
Glenturret 10 Year Peat Smoke (2020 Maiden Release)
Peated Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandReviewed December 1, 20222021 release: Moderate peat and lovely honey on the palette. Pepper and medicinal finish. Not a lot of depth but the honey note makes this an enjoyable dram. Peaty advent calendar 2022 #5 (or so!)
Peated Blend — JapanReviewed November 27, 2022Lots of oak with a little smoke and mint. #4 in 2022 Japanese Advent Calendar.
Mackmyra Svensk Rök
Single Malt — SwedenReviewed November 26, 2022Lovely and balanced dram. Vanilla from the oak, toffee, a bit of lemon, mixed with a healthy smoke. Toffee & a medicinal note on the nose. Smokey finish with a medicinal/Jaggermeister flavor. Day 4 of Peaty advent calendar 2022.
Hakushu Distiller's Reserve
Peated Single Malt — JapanReviewed November 16, 2022A really enjoyable dram. Mint, green apple, and pear on the nose carry forward onto the palate where they mix with a moderate and crescendoing peat. Would love to get a bottle of this! #3 in the 2022 Japanese advent calendar.
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