A pretty rare older Akashi, first matured for 12 years in sherry, then for the remaining years in some Konara cask, a.k.a. Quercus serrata, which is some kind of East Asian oak that we call ‘Korean oak’ or ‘Jolcham oak’ here in the West. Strange set-up, but let’s see… Colour: amber. Nose: this is pretty fragrant, resinous, rather around tiger balm and eucalyptus at first, before it would become a little balsamic and tarry, with touches of latex, new Wellies, tyres... With water: same, plus patchouli and pot-pourri. Whisky for old hippies? Hints of black truffle as well. Mouth (neat): more sherry this time, as well as the usual huge pepper and cinnamon that are to be found in many young or youngish new spirits that are rather oak-driven. In the middle distance, rather bitter oranges and tonic – we’re approaching Campari and bitter herbs. With water: more spices, cloves, caraway, cinnamon, and a pretty glutamate-y ending, from the sherry I suppose. Finish: long oaky, spicy, with some ‘Japanese’ character that’s geared towards miso. Seville oranges in the aftertaste, which is nice, obviously. Comments: I need to know if the tarry notes came from that Konara oak. Any ideas? Excellent nonetheless, without any excessive pepper this time.
SGP:462 - 86 points.