Taste: The butter flavor really leads the way. It was surprising, as i had never detected this flavor so strongly in a whisky before. This was combined with menthol, linseed oil, and a hint of vanilla. It was very smooth.
I think this is a well balanced whisky, and I'll be adding it to my rotation. It kind of reminded me of Green Spot, but with a much fuller body. I don't really like to give points, but i would rank this quite high.
That said, there are some interesting whiskies i'll be checking out soon. There is a line by ...i think nikka (ichiko?) ... that is based on cards. like 9 of diamonds... king of clubs... that sort of thing. It just feels right, as my ability to purchase whisky is directly dependent upon my ability to win cash at the poker table, and i'm a big fan of Nikka's 10. I will try the pure black...no reason to limit myself to single malts and will post tasting notes afterwards.
Stay up badmonkey...and let me know if you'll be in the area in the next year or two. I'll have to have you come over and sample some of the whiskies i like you have yet to try...( waiting for the right time to check out the ardbeg 11 from cadenhead) or we could even do shochu/ nihonshu.
Headed back to Florida tomorrow, and I'm taking the pure black, hakushu 10, and yoichi 10. I don't like the restrictions the airline placed. 5 litres per person. I wish whisky mag memebers could get some kind of waiver. I'm curious what others do coming back from Scotland. I mean, it seems if you go someplace far and the purpose of travel has something to do with whisky, with such a restriction, one can't really take full advantage by purchasing all the whiskies unavailable at home. Next time I'll check the airlines policy before I buy my ticket, because U.S. cutsoms has no limit on the quantity as long as it is declared.
They take their inspections pretty seriously at Narita, so I'm not going to try and add any. Just the thought of having to choose...well...if Sophia had a difficult one I think mine would be just as rough. The stated limit on their site is 5 litres per person.
My wife is joining me a week later however, and though she won't take 5litres for me because of the weight, she told me she will bring another 3 or 4 bottles.
But the 5-litre limit is good to know--I certainly don't want to leave a Valinch at the airport. I guess I could open it, slug down what I could, and pass it around...don't think they'd like that, either!
I had always assumed that the limit was on how much you could bring in without paying duty. I didn't know that the airlines wouldn't let you bring more than that on. I brought 6.75 liters of bourbon and rye in November. There were two people flying so there were two luggage allotments. However, one of them was my three year old son. It didn't seem to bother anyone. I filled out all the forms correctly.
I had a brief moment of panic when I changed to a domestic carrier and they told me that I couldn't check whiskey at all. How was I going to lug nine bottles on the plane, especially since I couldn't carry any liquids? It all worked out. What they meant was that they wanted to take all the whiskey out of my checked bags and repack it in a special box. I would then have to pick it up separately from my checked bags.
smokey wrote:Yes, after Badmonkey suggested it, i found the pure black and picked up a bottle. It's really reasonable at around $12 for the 500ml bottle and it is quite good. I guess it's a mix of nikka and a highland malt. I wish i knew which one. I can't seem to find the pure red, which is like pure black, only vatted with a lowland.
Headed back to Florida tomorrow, and I'm taking the pure black, hakushu 10, and yoichi 10.
Glad to hear you like it. Too bad you couldn't find the Red Label. It is nice. The Black is much better in my opinion. There is also a White label that is tastes like an Islay. I wish I knew what Scottish malts were going in to these pure malts. Someone on the forum told me that the Black Label had some malt in it that had been aged in new charred oak barrels.
Ed wrote:Hello All,
I had always assumed that the limit was on how much you could bring in without paying duty. I didn't know that the airlines wouldn't let you bring more than that on.
Again, as far as we know at the moment, the 5-litre limit is NorthWest Airlines policy. Perhaps others here could check on their airlines' policies and report. As noted above, I was unable to find any such limits on BritishAirways, Icelandair, and AirCanada. Just had a quick look at Aer Lingus and see nothing there, either.
I think I'll go Icelandair next year. Bummer, I can use the NorthWest miles.
have a good one.
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