Very nice nose and palate, it’s really head and shoulders above the Distiller’s Reserve. When it was announced it would not be discontinued, unlike Nikka in 2015 with its age statements, but would be put on strict allocation, its price and its aura skyrocketed. After all, it was becoming rarer, so immediately it was more desirable, and a good number of those bottled were soon to be found on auction. Even back in 2018, in my last trip to Japan, it was nowhere to be found in all the off licenses I visited around Kyoto and Osaka. Even at the distillery itself. At today’s prices, I can’t get myself to buy one. And yes, I know I’ve spent more on less desirable bottles. I’m a man of conflicted decisions, what do you want to say?
Way more expressive nose than the Distiller’s Reserve. Fruity and slightly spicy. Orange, pineapple, apricot and peach, maybe pear as well. It’s also flagrant almost like perfume. Cinnamon, honey, gentle oak, hints of smoke and sandalwood.
Soft arrival, then after a couple seconds a bit spicy. Creamy mouthfeel, but like diluted cream, it still is slightly thin. Fruits shine once again, with orange peel, pineapple, red apple and apricot. Chocolate, cocoa powder and cedar wood. Passion fruits, grapefruit and lemon juice.
Chocolate, grapefruit, a bit of passion fruit and cedar wood, medium length, slightly drying (less than the Distiller’s Reserve)