Fuji Gotemba 40th Anniversary 46% 2013 OB single grain wb 64595
Takestsuru 21 year 43% 2010 blended malt (yoichi & Miyagiko) wb 157798
Suntory The Peninsula Tokyo 43% 2014 blend (Yamazaki/Hakushu/Chita) wb 67513
Hanyu 1990/2007 cask 9511 55.5% wb 6634
Karuizawa 1981/2012 sherry butt 162 55.8% Cocktail Series for LMDW wb 36517
Karuizawa 1981/2013 sherry butt 155 56% Noh whisky wb 41915
Karuizawa 27 year bottled 2017 sherry/bourbon 59.1% Noh whisky wb 32187
Yamazaki 1990 18 year cask ON70645 sherry butt 60% wb 6261
Started off with the Fuju Gotemba single grain,which is different to Scottish grains I have tried and thought it was very good.
Taketsuru blended malt is ok but for the price poor
Suntory the nose is great but the palate is swamped by oak, shame
Hanyu all round is pretty good
Karuizawa Cocktail butt 162 pretty good all round
Karuizawa butt 155 not bad just a little too bitter
Karuizawa multi vintage ,very good vatting of 4 casks,good balance
Yamazaki 1990 very good
The best Japanese whisky I have tried are the Karuizawa 1967 & 1968 vintages both scored at 95 points but I suspect right now I would score them around 93 points as my palate has changed in the last few years.
The people who purchased these bottles when they were released all I can say was smart move because the price now at auction is horrendous,the yamazaki can go for 5k,which is beyond silly.
Most of the Karuizawa/Yamazaki single casks are heavy sherry and walk a fine line with being too oaky,they are good quality drams for sure but in my view do not match the best that Scotch whisky has to offer. Scotch whisky that is aged is far too expensive now but when compared to the absurd prices of Japanese whisky they start to become an attractive proposition.