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Distillery Bottling
59.0 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
14 Feb 2017 9:53 am by maltaholic

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€ 192.82

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9 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Nagahama New Make

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.57 points

  1. ASWhisky did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    a creamy, sweet spirit

    reminiscent of chocolates chocolate and almonds

    New Make is not rated by me according to the usual rating system

  2. markjedi1 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur


    Nagahama Bewery – in the Shiga Prefecture, smack in the middle of Honshu near Lake Biwa and Mount Ibuki – is famous for its Nagahama Roman Beer. When their team visited Eden Mill Distillery in Scotland, they decided to start their own whisky distillery in 2016. And while it will take until 2020 before their have any malt whisky, we can already enjoy their new make, which is produced unpeated, lightly peated and heavily peated. It is distilled in a Hoga Still from Portugal. Let’s try their unpeated new make.

    Hang on… what is this? Werther’s Original on the nose in new make spirit? Really. Creamy and sweet on caramel and melon on the BBQ (recommended by the way). Then something salty and grassy. Hay? Reminds me a bit of the (better) sake. What a lovely surprise. Adding water brings out yeast notes – which is not an off-note – and some citrus. But also some strange notes of washing powder.

    It is surprisingly fatty on the palate. Mildly fruity with some burnt caramel. I continue to find this strangely sweet, but it also makes it quite accessible. And what about all those citrusy notes already. Atypical, no? But very good. Diluted it remains creamy and becomes a touch candy-like.

    Medium long and very warm finish.

    Do they actually make this new make from grain, I wonder. This spirit is so sweet already that I cannot help imagine that they distilled their beer. What do I know? Anyway, this new make is very good and quaffable neat if some water is added. Thanks, Marcel.

  3. Idefix scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    I was once in the Distillery in Nagahama. That's why I bought it. Anyway, I wouldn't have bought it because of the taste. At that time I received 2 bottles from the manager that were never on sale. They were significantly better. Unfortunately, one is empty, I still have two fingers from the other. It also had no label, but was only labeled with an adhesive tape with Japanese characters. It said Crestnut, I was told. Anyway, it's clearly better. It's a shame that they don't bring anything smart. Your beer is very good. There are a few more attempts under Amahagan. That means nothing other than Nagahama backwards.


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