I didn’t know anything about Togouchi or the Chugoku Jozo distillery before trying this, but now prepped, no wonder it came across as Scottish - albeit with a Canadian grain base and thousands of air miles. Is such a carbon footprint necessary when Japan is producing excellent whisky? Maybe it’s down to a supply issue? Let’s hope the cost is justified.
N: It’s a decent cereal led nose, good form, nicely consolidated.
T: Same as the nose, a well groomed blend ticking all the boxes on a proficiency level although lacking in flair and individual character.
F: Short but clean.
C: Decent, well crafted, non-demanding Japanese finished, Scottish-Canadian blend that fits neatly into the campfire category. Interesting to note that the earlier version of the 12yo had a higher abv WB. Is that down to the angels or the profit margins, or both? Let’s compare this with the 18yo WB.
Scores a C[-]