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[1 Sep 2014 | 3 Comments | 889 views]
Karuizawa 1984, cask #3663 (Speciality Drinks)

Karuizawa. the stuff whisky geek,lovers and aficionados dream about (they can hardly afford it nowadays), and even after all the hype is gone, Karuizawas are quite amazing drams, you have to admit that. A few months ago Speciality Drinks (a sister company of the TWE, owned by the same famous Sukhinder) announced it was bottling a cask from 1984, and …

Featured, Headline, Japanese, Karuizawa, NAS, Tasting Notes, The Whisky Exchange »

[13 Jun 2013 | 2 Comments | 1,593 views]
Karuizawa Spirit of Asama–55% abv

So an affordable Karuizawa? what a grand idea! This was the intention of the lovely guys at Number one drinks, and the folks at TWE when they set to vat 77 casks distilled in 1999 / 2000 together to create a NAS Karuizawa that everyone can afford without selling a body organ or a family member to slavery. But how …

12Blends, Blended Malts, Featured, Headline, Japanese, Nikka, Tasting Notes »

[3 Apr 2013 | 2 Comments | 1,316 views]
#12blends Day 2 –  Nikka All Malt

Day 2. yes.
This dram was sent courtesy of Sandy Gould (@sjjgo on twitter) who sent a very interesting and delicious dram over :  Nikka All Malt.  I’ve Never had this one myself, but from the nose it was evident to me this is malt whisky and not blended whisky. But which? I had no idea this was Japanese, and although …

Hakushu, Headline, Japanese, Peated, Tasting Notes »

[2 Apr 2013 | 3 Comments | 1,263 views]
Hakushu Heavily Peated

After a week long vacation due to the Passover holiday,  I am back with new tasting notes and it’s fun to be back. What can be nicer than start the week with a nice Japanese whisky, heavily peat too. yup.
This one has been sitting around for a few months, ever since my sample swap with Dave A. a fellow Whisky …

Headline, Japanese, Karuizawa, Sherry, Single Cask, Tasting Notes »

[27 Nov 2012 | No Comment | 2,243 views]
Tasting Karuizawa 1984 cask # 3692

Another wee cracker from #1 drinks, this time a 1984 , which i see is mainly sold in Sweden (Systembolaget), but i am afraid is mostly gone by now. this one is obviously a sherry cask (first fill i would guess), and is lovely stuff. was able to find a bottle at a French online shop I never heard of …

#1 Drinks, Featured, Headline, Independent Bottling, Japanese, Karuizawa, Tasting Notes »

[20 Nov 2012 | 4 Comments | 2,327 views]
Tasting Greatness : Karuizawa 1983 Noh Cask #7576

The big K : Karuizawa. Highly estimated and not easy to get hold of, since they disappear so fast, and also because they are not cheap, but boy, they are oh so very good. period.
this one is no exception : bottled by #1 Drinks (cheers chaps for the sample) , this one is bottled at CS of 57.2% clearly from …

Chichibu, Featured, Headline, Japanese, Tasting Notes »

[11 Jun 2012 | One Comment | 1,991 views]
Chichibu The First – Ichiro’s Malt

Today we’re about to taste the first dram from Japan’s youngest distillery which has been distilling since 2008 – Chichibu. Only in 2011 the spirit was old enough to be called “whisky” and this is the first such expression that is released. Aged in 200-litre Bourbon barrels and vatted from 31 barrels. I’ve come to understand that the big difference …

Featured, Headline, Japanese, Peated, Tasting Notes, Yamazaki »

[13 Apr 2011 | 6 Comments | 1,690 views]
Tasting The Cask of Yamazaki 1993/2008 Single Cask

It’s very sad watching the state of affairs in Japan post the big earthquake. Being a fan of Yamazaki (and having tasted and reviewed at least a few of their core range drams before) i would like to dedicate this post to the proud people of japan, fighting the terrible situation over there.
Normally when you think of Yamazaki, you do …

Headline, IWS, Japanese, Nikka, Tasting Event, Tasting Notes, Yamazaki, Yoichi »

[4 Jan 2011 | 5 Comments | 3,038 views]
Japanese Whiskies Tasting Event

If you’re a constant reader of Whisky Israel, you might have noticed that Gal wrote several posts about Japanese whiskies, and also, that as part of the Whisky Israel Society many of us fell in love with the Nikka Whisky from the Barrel we’ve tried as part of our second summit.
Well so it happened that the Israeli Whisky Society (not …

Headline, Japanese, Karuizawa, Master Of Malt, Quick Dram, Tasting Notes »

[24 Nov 2010 | 3 Comments | 2,027 views]
Quick Dram : Noh Karuizawa Single cask – 1977 – Cask # 4592

One of those names that makes every whisky geek drool…. like song to ones ears. I have long wanted to try one of those, and since those babies are not cheap and also hard to get , I was able to try one just recently. and all thanks to those cool guys at master of malt.
A few weeks ago the …