I am not an expert in Japanese whisky and I have tasted some howlers recently and that's because they have been cheap presents of friends and family. This however is a vast improvement.
Not just a banana, but a bunch.
Candy sweet with bread dough.
Quite grassy, lemonbalm, custard cream and short bread biscuit.
This smells fairly young but it is rather pleasant.
White grape and honey dew melon.
Doesn't really live up to the nose but it is still quite nice.
Light and fruity with minimal spice which seems to work.
Really quite smooth for 45% .
There is a little dip in the middle which is a shame but not a major problem.
That bread dough always seems to linger in the background.
The finish is short to medium and you can feel the fruit fighting to get to the death but the dough wins.