Ichiro's MWR

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Blended Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Ichiro's Malt - Mizunara Wood Reserve
Mizunara Finish
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Long Neck Bottle
Added on
06 Dec 2013 11:14 pm

Average value

€ 261,86

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Whisky Reviews for Ichiro's MWR

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.60 points

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 80 points Specialist

    According to reliable sources there is a not unsignficant part of Scotch in this Japanese.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Red fruits. Watered down red table wine.
      Some exotic wood, probably a large tree that's been choped down, but also some smaller bushes and shrubberies still in the ground with new sprung leaves.
      Very gentle, so little wrong that it feels engineered, "Made in Japan" probably mean that it is. However that perfectionism is exactly what makes it lack that enthusiastic spark.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Same with the taste, it doesn't make me enthusiastic.
      Very drinkable, nothing wrong and that's what's wrong.
      Some would say "smooth", I call it slick. It slips down without very much to grasp on to, although it got a noticable level of all spice.
      Sweet, caramel, maybe a nut or two.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Very simple short finish on caramel notes, although some spicy warmth lingers for a little bit longer.

  2. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Extremely drinkable! Enthusiasm: Nose 4/5
    Mouth and finish 3/5
    • Nose
      Delicate, on the caramel. Mealy. A sulfur coat? Sugar and honey. Apple, mirabelle plum? Atypical wood (leafy? No, it's the label that influences me)
    • Taste
      Full, balanced, between sweet spices and caramel. It lacks a bit of impact.
    • Finish

  3. kanpai79 scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    Good introduction to the topic. Pay attention to old batch numbers ... then there is more H inside .. :-)

  4. maltaholic scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A very fine smell.
    The oak is delicate and soft, light, moist wood.
    In the mouth a mixture of spice, wood and vanilla.

  5. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    In the nose I immediately perceive a touch of Japan. Sounds funny, but there are actually incense sticks that spread something ethereal, sandalwood and a touch of freshly brewed chrysanthemum tea. However, fruity notes, such as red overripe apples, pears, but also mirabelles and apricots, take over quite fast. Rosemary and sage in the background give a nice spicy touch. Some time to breathe brings a touch of coconut with it. Overall, a nice, but not very complex nose.

    The fruits from the nose are consistent in the mouth, but the market is clearly marked by the wood and very spicy. The fruit emphasizes that beautifully, but is subordinate.
    The spicy notes remind me of the 18yo Yamazaki Mizunara, but in comparison are more exuberant and clumsy, not so beautiful filigree. With a little time left in the mouth, there is a lot more coconut, sandalwood and a hint of fennel.

    Medium long and again spicy with a sweet undertone of bounty bars

    A beautiful malt that is not bursting with complexity, but is not too one-dimensional.

  6. MrYens scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  7. Fundramental scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    There were 5 of us tasting this dram, all trying to identify the coconut aroma, said to be so typical for the Mizunara oak finish. All of us failed. However, we did find it to be an excellent dram. Refined and complete, no particular extremes but overall very good.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very nice fruity-crisp Chichibu, honestly, they can not do much wrong with me, even though I had some worries about such a young Mizunara. More points are simply prevented by lack of age and depth.
    • Nose
      Very clear wine influence, not quite as typical Mizunara, only the apple compote seems familiar, otherwise rather the darker notes of wine, fresh plums, figs, unripe cherry, licorice and damp grass, chocolate chips, all sorts of nuts, biscuit dough, some nutmeg and rosemary, ginger, herbal honey
    • Taste
      Sweet honey everywhere, red gummy bears, light raisins, boiled apple, here already typical Mizunara, figs, sweet milk chocolate, hazelnut, lavender, some fennel and roiboos behind
    • Finish
      Honey, sweet malt, dry raisins and now drier apple with shell, here also a few tannins, medium long

  9. torstenB scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Nice Whisky !
    • Nose
      slightly Spicy impression, with sandal Wood,  maybe figs, something vegetal, maybe light whiffs of turnips
    • Taste
      Fruity with dates, later Marzipan and almonds enter the combo. The texture appears a bit thin.
    • Finish
      something spicy, difficult to define

  10. matts did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A nice drop, with a very balanced oak characteristic. At the time I did not get really warm with the Chichibu "The First", but I really like this filling and it is really dangerously good drinkable. Incidentally, I find the Mizunara Wood Reserve very beautiful and interesting because it was not finished. As a result, he has a very unique character. Not least because of that, he has a clear lead over me in comparison to the Wine Wood Reserve. Good 88 points.
    • Nose
      Here, the oak makes the program straight away. The nose is fresh spicy and almost floral. For a moment I am reminded of iced tea and subtly swinging citrus fruits (limes, oranges) and a mix of light fruits. Admittedly not stunning and not too complex, but I really like this nose. In direct comparison, it is oakier, lighter and fresher than the nose of the Wine Wood Reserve.
    • Taste
      This drop comes with a rather light body and a very clear mouth feeling. Pleasantly the Mizunara oak spreads in the mouth. Unfortunately, I can hardly describe the spice associated with it. Sure, that's because it's the first Mizunara storage I've ever had in the glass. For me, the spiciness is very pleasant and surprisingly balanced. There is really nothing sharp at all: not a trace of pepper, ginger or even chilli. I like this profile right away and am really positively surprised. The association of light fruits also sticks to the taste, without I could name dominant single fruits.
    • Finish
      The finish is dominated by the beautiful oak and gets drier with time, but not bitter. The barrel reverberates in a very elegant - almost subdued - manner for a surprisingly long time. At the same time, a slight heat in the stomach area is spreading.


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