Appearance: Straw colored, oily. Lighter than expected.
Nose: Apple, caramel, honey, cinnamon, pepper, booze, oak, cookies. Subtler than expected but nice.
Palate: Apple / Calvados, peppery heat, honey, oak, biscuits, cinnamon. Not bad but lighter and thiner than I hoped for.
Finish: Peppery, hot, spicy, hot spiced apple toddy, cinnamon, a bit harsh.
With Water: A bit less heat but already too thin.
Overall: The nose is nice enough, the rest somewhat disappointing. No way this is worth ¥15000 a bottle, and not nearly as nice as the Yoichi version. Just too light and hot and thin.