'Vintage' 1981/2007 (58.1%, OB, cask
This one was selected by Marcin at
One Drinks Company and it did extremely
well at the Malt Maniacs Awards 2007,
with a Gold Medal and the Top Japanese
Malt Award. Colour: amber. Nose: truly
powerful, starting on an immense,
but truly enjoyable woodiness. Big
varnishy notes, almonds and marzipan,
green tea and hints of horseradish
(or wasabi – Japanese indeed).
Then it’s the wilderness that
speaks out, with notes of humus, moss,
pine needles, roots, wet dead leaves...
And finally a big mint and a big eucalyptus.
Oh, and our beloved dried mushrooms.
It’s not really subtle whisky
but the boldness and compactness are
very, very enjoyable. With water:
now it’s fully on dried mushrooms
(boletus and these huge black Chinese
ones) and Havana tobacco. Hyper-concentrated.
Mouth (neat): huge, fat, punchy, heavily
concentrated. ‘Good’ oak
infusion, walnut skin, curry, mustard
and bread crust. Goes on with cough
syrup and green bananas. It’s
amazing that all this oakiness remains
good – I mean, excellent. With
water: it’s the spices that
really go out now. Pepper first, then
cloves and cinnamon, then nutmeg...
How big this is! Finish: very long
– more of the same. One of the
most muscular whiskies I had these
months, no doubt. SGP:586
- 91 points.