Posts Tagged “Japanese Whisky”

2014 in Perspective – And the Best of the Best!!

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2014 in Perspective – And the Best of the Best!!

2014 was a hell of a year! I started Malt and Oak in the very last days of April as a means of talking about my personal whisky journey while providing an “objectively subjective” view on the world of whisky and of the expressions I’m tasting, and as a way of integrating more deeply in…

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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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