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[15 Jan 2015 | 2 Comments | 456 views]
Tasting Karuizawa 1977 cask # 7026 Noh Whisky

Last week when going through my stack of samples in several boxes, and trying to make sense of what I got and should taste, I came over a few gems, one of which was this whisky. I filled a wee sample of this last year when I visited Sjoerd who was lucky enough to buy some lovely Karuizawas when the …

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[6 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 635 views]
Tasting Yamazaki Puncheon (2012 edition)

Been quite a while since I posted any Yamazaki tasting notes, and it’s always good to come back to one of my favourite Japanese distilleries. If you have not tried the 12, 18 year olds by Yamazaki, do yourself a favour and check out my notes, then go get a bottle. Great stuff. Really textbook whiskies. This however is a …

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

[1 Sep 2014 | 3 Comments | 975 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 …

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[13 Jun 2013 | 2 Comments | 1,664 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 …

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[3 Apr 2013 | 2 Comments | 1,377 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 | 1,309 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 …

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[27 Nov 2012 | No Comment | 2,319 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 …

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[20 Nov 2012 | 4 Comments | 2,384 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 | 2,058 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 …

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[13 Apr 2011 | 6 Comments | 1,783 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 …