I'm just here for an excuse to drink great whiskey and to not look like an alcoholic. Yes that was copied near-verbatim from my Vivino profile.
Ohishi Whisky Tokubetsu Reserve
Other Whiskey — Kyushu, JapanTastedWow, amazing blend of sherry-cask rice whiskeys spanning nearly three decades. Creamy butterscotch body. Might be a little too sweet for some, but I found it a delicious nightcap.
Hakushu 18 Year
Peated Single Malt — JapanTastedTasted side-by-side with the Hakushu 12, which is really the best way to appreciate the refinement of the 18. Comparatively, much silkier with vanilla oak or something floral. Nice.
Hakushu 12 Year
Peated Single Malt — JapanTastedNice and peaty, but had that Japanese elegance in lilting fruit notes. The latter are a bit too demure though.
Okay, this is the first proper Distiller entry made contemporaneously at the time of drinking rather than from memory. Floral notes up from. Then a burst of woody flavor (oak, apparently). Tobacco and char notes on a short-medium finish.
Sipsmith Sloe Gin
Sloe Gin & Variants — EnglandTastedYum, super funky sloe gin. Had the usual citrus freshness you’d expect from a good gin, with added twist of the sloe berry flavoring. Heavy red fruits with a tobacco finish. Nice.
Shabu favorite if only because it’s comparatively cheap while still being palatable if consumed quickly. If you’re getting rounds, you’re getting Akashi, but it’s honestly not that bad. Mild body with a nice peaty kick, perfect for chasing with a real whiskey.
Kavalan Ex-Bourbon Oak Single Malt
Single Malt — TaiwanTastedPretty smell with a spicy, peaty kick, but empty body.
Nikka Whisky From the Barrel
Blended — JapanTastedSurprisingly syrupy with some sweet, flowery notes.
Yamazaki 25 Year
Single Malt — JapanTastedOh to have tasted the tears of angels. Too bad I accidentally shot the pour, oops. It was pretty though and I look forward to a better future sip...
Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky
Single Grain — JapanTastedEver since Japanese whiskey became hipster and Yamazaki became inflated, Nikka has been the go-to distiller for dependably drinkable bottles. This expression in particular bottle stands out for its price and flavor. And what a flavor — balanced, but with a peculiar smoked sweetness that I assume is the coffee. (Edit: Coffey, not coffee, 😔)