Archive For The “Japanese Whisky” Category

Karuizawa 1981 La Maison Du Whisky – An Olympic Parisian

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Karuizawa 1981 La Maison Du Whisky – An Olympic Parisian

La Maison du Whisky is France’s leading whisky retailer, and the purveyors of Whisky Live Paris, which is one of the Continent’s foremost whisky events of the year. Whisky Live Paris is usually held on the last weekend  in September, one week before The Whisky Show in London. This whisky is linked also by another,…

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Karuizawa 1980 – Coming Your Way Soon

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Karuizawa 1980 – Coming Your Way Soon

Specialty Drinks is continuing to bottle single cask Karuizawa expressions, of which stocks are now down to below 50 casks,  and The Whisky Show is the showcase for the new expressions each year. Last year it was the two Geisha labels (reviewed here) and the utterly stunning 1981 vintage, which I reviewed here, and sadly…

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A Single Barrel of Karuizawa, the Dear Liquid

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A Single Barrel of Karuizawa, the Dear Liquid

Within the Japanese whisky craze washing over the whisky world, Karuizawa has its own kind of crazy. Tulipmania in full bloom. Here are just two selections of the most recent Karuizawa craziness, off of recent auctions. The first is a bottle released by The Whisky Exchange this past October, one I have tasted and reviewed…

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Staying with Nikka Miyagikyo, Reviewing the 15 Year Old

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Staying with Nikka Miyagikyo, Reviewing the 15 Year Old

Yesterday I reviewed the Miygikyo 12 and found it just a little too put together. How does the 15 year old fare? Photo Credit: whiskymag.jp Yesterday’s blind tasting whisky was the Tobermory 10, which I had recently reviewed, so I’m sticking with notes from the London Whisky Show that I didn’t get to yet. Miyagikyo…

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Japan’s Nikka Miyagikyo 12 – Could it be Just a Bit Too Perfect?

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Japan’s Nikka Miyagikyo 12 – Could it be Just a Bit Too Perfect?

Israel’s whisky community is now in the midst of the first organized blind tasting organized by Tapuz Wine and Alcohol Forum’s Admin and resident whisky buff Assaf Harel in conjunction with Sitonaut Binyamina, who organizes next month’s Whisky Live Tel Aviv. We got 14 blind samples, and have one revealed each night at 11pm. The first…

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Staying in Japan – Yoichi 10

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Staying in Japan – Yoichi 10

Yamazaki is Japan’s oldest distillery, but Nikka’s Yoichi is the most “Scottish” distillery in Japan. It’s located near the sea on the west coast of the northern island of Hokkaido, in conditions that are close to those of the western coastal Highlands (think Oban or Adelphi’s new Ardnamurchan) or even Islay, and still use direct…

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Rounding out Yamazaki week with the Yamazaki 18

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Rounding out Yamazaki week with the Yamazaki 18

The Yamazaki 18 is a highly acclaimed whisky. It has much more sherry matured whisky than the 12, yet retains the characteristic “vanilla-orange” florals of  the Yamazaki. Yamazaki 18 (43% ABV) Appearance: Bronze with thin legs. Nose: The telltale Yamazaki floral-orange-vanilla note is clearly there, with a deeper sherry. Sultanas, cinnamon, light clove with light…

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Yamazaki Sherry Cask – Is it the Really the Best Whisky in the World?

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Yamazaki Sherry Cask – Is it the Really the Best Whisky in the World?

Torben is a close friend of mine. Yes, we have yet to meet in personam, but we’re Facebook whisky friends, and share similar professional backgrounds. And he’s a great guy! We have a pretty constant exchange of samples going back and forth, and at any given time there’s usually a package en route from one of us…

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Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve – The Japanese go NAS, and the Result Might Surprise You!

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Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve – The Japanese go NAS, and the Result Might Surprise You!

The Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve is the new entry level NAS Yamazaki, now placed at the €50 mark the Yamazaki 12 occupied not too long ago. This is an excellent Speyside impostor that will have you wondering if Yamazaki and Glenlivet aren’t working together.  It’s young. In fact, Suntory says that it was created to showcase…

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So Japanese Whisky is What you Crave? Yamazaki 12 Whisky Review

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So Japanese Whisky is What you Crave? Yamazaki 12 Whisky Review

Yamazaki needs no introductions. Japan’s first single malt distillery has been active since 1923. The Japanese market is fascinating as Japanese distillers don’t share stocks, thus each one needs to create all the different whiskys they need for blending. Consequently,  the stillhouse at Yamazaki has short onion stills capable of making beefy and sulfury new…

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