Miyagikyo 1991/2010 'Single Cask' (62%, OB for LMDW, cask #116921) Colour: almost red! Nose: the most explosive, the most expressive of them three, with more spices and much more marzipan, putty and sandalwood than in the other ones. Also quite some oranges and yet again some linseed oil. Also great notes of eucalyptus, cough syrup… A bit of varnish as well but that may disappear with water. With water: ah yes! Jams, red berries, raspberries, nutmeg, thuja wood, cedar wood… A lot happening in this one. I’d hate it if this was taken as a joke because of the events, but I’ll say it as it is: it takes water extremely well. Also quite some sugar cane, old rum… Mouth (neat): bang! It’s a bit hard because of the strength but I get the same kind of development as in the 1988, that is to say a rich, very creamy fruity profile and a discreet peatiness that arises together with some ‘funny’ bubblegummy notes. Something slightly grapey? With water: perfect! Again, a lot of oak but also a lot of soft spices and fruits, which means a perfect balance here. It’s heavy but it’s balanced! Finish: long, creamy, sweet, luscious and sexy, with peaty and peppery afterglows. Comments: excellent modern-style malt whisky, perfectly mastered in my opinion. It got high silver at the MM Awards – no wonder. SGP:554 - 90 points.