whisk(e)y, I've yet to try anything at all from Japan. No particular reason, just never right time and right shop.
I've heard that Yiochi is the best that there is. But am afraid that its expressions might be a bit too 'peaty', 'salty' and 'medicinal' for my taste.
What are other people's general impressions (nothing too specific) of malt from Japan please?
Some are great, others are bad, and there's the full range in between.
It's probably worth mentioning that the Japanese modelled their production methods very much on what the Scots were doing, and they certainly try to emulate scotch in all its glory.
So there is something for everyone's taste.....light, fragrant / heavy, peaty, etc, etc.
From what I've been able to ascertain, almost any single malt out of Yamazaki or Yoichi gets good reviews.
My only observation, at least in this part of the world, is that Japanese whisky is very, very expensive. (i.e. $130 for 10 year old blends???!!)
bond wrote:I have tried Japanes whisky one (Suntory 17) and was suitably underwhelmed. I am unlikely to put it in my shopping cart for a while.
Resembled a speysider but lacked any bite whatsoever. Further, I detected what I think others in the forum refer to as FWP
Single malts have got to be scotch.
I think it might have been Whisky Magazine, but there was a blind tasting amongst experts, and Japanese whiskey came out as the top malt.
Japanse whiskey is just as likely to be good as scotch is. I don't know much about it, though.
eelbrook wrote:Why have single malts got to be Scotch?
And what does 'FWP' mean please?
1) They don't. Check out some Irish ones. Different but coming from a tradition all it's own.
2) "FWP" stands for French Whore's Perfume". Please see the thread on Bowmore for a further explanation on this (Admiral started an exellent thread on this).
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If you are willing to spend more, then Hibiki 17 Non-chill Filtered is the ticket.
Suntory's Vintage Malt series has some real gems as well, but you really must pay a premium for them.
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