Nose: Sweet and malty, oranges, pineapple, sawdust, hints of ginger and smoke.
Palate: Creamy, malty, some orange zest zing, pepper, peanut shells and smoke. Well balanced.
Finish: Creamy, nutty, pepper, nutmeg, lingering smoke and a little drying.
Another fine Nikka Blend. Nice way to finish of the bottle with some tasting notes.
Nose: Sherry, cherry, orange, plastecine, some sulphur but not out of place.
Palate: Reasonable amount of body for only 37%. Some oilyness, sweet spice, malt and grain.
Finish: Is sweet, oily, orange, nuts, with more malt and light grain.
Perfectly drinkable but nothing special. What can you expect for 10 bucks.
Nose: A big bunch of bananas, vanilla, walnuts, oranges, firm grain and fresh cut timber. Sounds sweet, it is!
Palate: Smooth and creamy. Mashed banana's, more orange, sweet lemon and the same firm grain.
Finish: Is smooth, fairly short, with nutmeg, orange chocolate and basically the flavors from the palate.
Extremely Rare. No doubt there should be other bottles of this in Japan, but it's the only one I've ever seen for sale. The kicker, cost me 20 bucks!!!
Nose: Lots of orange and sweet lemon. Firm grain. Not dissimilar to the Mercian from before but without the banana's. Fresh dough, woodstain and something slightly chargrilled. Light florals.
Palate: Smooth like it's cousin the Suntory Royal Aged 15 Years. Zingy citrus, creamy, some oak, fresh dough. Excellent balance.
Finish: Is smooth, medium length, sweet and creamy with just enough sweet spice to add some oomph.
Nose: Light and creamy, vanilla dominates but underpinned by soft fruit... pears perhaps?
Palate: Sweet and toffee like on the delivery, then vanilla again and a hint of spice.
Finish: A bit drier, more bitter oak.
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