- Whiskybase ID
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Japanese Blended Whisky
- Stated Age
- 12 years old
- 40.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 05 mar 2014 5:25 pm by Bachess
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Whisky Reviews for Togouchi 12-year-old
9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.66 points
- Togouchi 12 (40%). Consumed August 2019. Pale yellow. Aroma is initially iced gems, some muted lemongrass. No booze harshness at all. Crazy mild but pleasant with nips of banana bread, vanilla and decent grain whisky. Pleasant. Taste is oaky and quite salty with a touch of peat. Lovely spirit quality with soft esters and some subtlety. Interesting flavours dance around palate. That's a great blended whisky. Enjoyable stuff. Surprised by how good this was, although I do have a soft spot for soft, well-blended, subtle whiskies as well as the big stuff. Apparently it's 40% Scottish malt and 60% Canadian grain matured in a disused railway line in Japan! 3.55/85
- Well, someone here is trying to jump on the long-standing trend of Japanese whiskeys. Unfortunately, this bottling has nothing to do with their elegance and precision. Mediocre material that nobody really needs.
The nose is pretty strange. Pronounced grain notes meet with vegetables, straw and tea leaves. A delicate, very subtle smoke is slumbering in the background.
The texture of this whiskey is thin. The start has a lot of acid and pepper. The alcohol is not really well integrated. After a while, a summer orchard with apples and pears comes into play and a full sweetness spreads.
The finish is medium in length and remains mainly on the tongue with its peppery notes. Dark chocolate and the acidity of the start are added.
- Tasted at Story Tellers: Tasting Whisky in January 2018
Apples, pears, vanilla, citrus and cherries.
The Togouchi 12 Year Old is a Japanese blend that consists of 40% Scottish single malt and 60% Canadian grain. The casks were, after importing, naturalised - so to speak - and put to sleep in a long and unused train tunnel. The components only matured in Japan, but were not distilled there.
This is apple juice on steroids. Next to that, I also get loads of lemony notes and a mildly floral element. Not bad and a typical aperitif style whisky on the nose, but all together very docile and easy. It has a bit of a weird green note as if from flowers that have wilted in the vase for too long.
The mouth feel is okay, but it could have done with a bit more. The fruit now clearly bows before the grain. Lots of oak. Again some herbal elements, that I find to clash with the sweetness.
The finish is longer than expected, honeysweet on caramel and citrus with a small bitterness at the death.
This is just a tad better than the NAS-version - at least this one does not stink - but it is a far cry from a grand whisky.
- 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[-]
- horst luening from whisky.com said its a blended whisky from 40 % Scottish malt whisky and 60 % Canadian grain, matured in japan
flots and lots of citrus fruit some herbs als well some cinnamon in the background an verry sweet appel notes
grain ,oak,sweet apple, and some herbal notes
oak, and caramel in the back ground verry long finish