Whisky 2018 – 49-50

49 – Whisky Mew Tomatin 19 cask #5975 selected by Carsten Ehrlich and Hideo Yamaoka 53/75
Nose – yeast, new make, bananas, caramel, ozone, malt, stone fruit
Palate – tropical and stone fruit, ice cream, charred wood, chocolate cake
Finish – old butter, spice, bitter tea

50 – Whisky Agency 28 Years Bunnahabhain 1989 for Drunken Master, Elysian, Mash Tun
Nose – cake mix, medicinal, cherries, Allen’s snakes, pepper, apricot jam, tobacco
Palate – flint, coal, pepper, cake mix, cream, carob, lick of smoky cherries
Finish – pepper, cream


Whisky 2018 – 44-48

Some incredible drams at the Elysian with Hideo Yamaoka and Toru Suzuki. These were all top level drams but the “Water of Life” Speyside is in my top all time 5, just mind blowing.

44 – Burnside Speyside Blend by The Whisky Find for The Mash Tun Tokyo and Little Happiness Hiroshima 1990, 27 Years Cask 4393
Nose – dusty, apricots, chocolate, liquorice
Palate – wax, apricots, maple syrup, pencil shaving, chocolate, cough drops, caramel, gun powder
Finish – salty, woody, red wine tannins

45 – Chichibu Galaxy Express 999, 2010 bottled 2017 selected by Hideo Yamaoka
Nose – hazelnuts, marzipan, chocolate, menthol, juicy stone fruit, formic acid,
Palate – scones with apricots and cream, almond kernels, bright and spicy,
Finish – perfume, cream

46 – Akashi in Cognac and Chardonnay Cask #61191 Distilled 2011 6 Years selected by Hideo Yamaoka
Nose – honey, maple syrup, butter, yeast, toast with butter
Palate – honey, butter, chili peppers, maple syrup, old tinned pineapple, soy sauce
Finish – cream, honey, salt

47 – Douglas Laing’s Old Particular Longmorn for Mashtun, Elysian, Drunken Master, Etc 1994, 22 Years
Nose – apricots, galvanized fence, Cottee’s caramel
Palate – caramel, salt, nori, stone fruit, minerals, short bread
Finish – caramel, eggy pudding

48 – Speyside (Glenfarclas) Malt 1973, 43 Years “Water of Life” Cask #8 selected by Carsten Ehrlich and Hideo Yamaoka *
Nose – hamburgers, mayonnaise, cream, candle wax, tomatoes, caramel, chocolate nibs
Palate – passiona, cream, juicy, cream, cream, cream, tropical fruits, wax, hazelnuts, toast with butter and brown sugar
Finish – cream, hairspray (in a good way), tropical fruits, cream, cream

Whisky 2018 – 38-43, North Star Tasting

38 – North Star Cambus 1983 24yo Single Grain, PX Sherry Barrel, 52.7%
Nose – glue, wood, sherry funk, wheat, cherries, rum and raisins
Palate – cream, mushroom gravy, toffee, honey
Finish – cream, iced coffee, grapes

39 – North Star Benrinnes 10yo, Bourbon Hogshead / Sherry Barrel Finish, 49.1%
Nose – banana paddle pops, fruit leather, roses, metallic, green rockmelon
Palate – honey dumplings, tropical fruits, great mouthfeel, yeast, chocolate
Finish – coal, cake mix

40 – North Star Glen Moray 2007 9yo, Bourbon Hogshead, 57.7%
Nose – banana lollies, tropical fruit, glue
Palate – hazelnuts, banana pies, brown bread
Finish – cream, salt, tea tannins

41 – North Star Orkney 17yo, Bourbon Hogshead / PX Sherry Finish, 55.2%
Nose – rubber, dust, soy sauce, maple
Palate – rubber, apples, Cheetos, milk
Finish – burning rubber, old whisky

42 – North Star Bruichladdich 15yo, Bourbon Hogshead / French Oak Finish, 57.1%
Nose – rich woody stewed fruit, chlorine, butter, maple, dried anchovies
Palate – medicinal, red fruits, brown banana, honey, coconut rough
Finish – weak soy sauce, tea tannins

43 – North Star Islay Malt 12yo, Bourbon Hogshead, 52.3%
Nose – pork, sweat, tropical fruit, bananas, leaves, white cheese mould
Palate – coal, pepper, pepper, smoked fish, medicinal, oil paints
Finish – salt, oily fish, sugar syrup

Whisky 2018 – 35-37

35 – Blair Athol by Antique Lions 28 Years 1988 51.2%
Nose – apples, glue, honey, tropical fruits with whipped cream, wax, tinned pine apple
Palate – passion fruit vine, pastries, danishes, toffee
Finish – Jasmine tea, cream, salt

36 – Blair Athol by Signatory 27 Years 1988 Sherry Butt Cask 6845 55.7%
Nose – toffee, soy sauce, sherry, menthol, mango
Palate – toffee, sherry, marshmallow, fake strawberries
Finish – cream, maraschino cherries

37 – Bruichladdich by Maltbarn 9 Years 2007 fully matured Vosne Romanee Cask 53.4%
Nose – candied bacon, leather, sliced tomatoes with balsamic, salt and pepper, caramels, chlorine
Palate – cream, toffee apples, funky, bbq pork with plum sauce, romesco sauce
Finish – tobacco, leather, wine tannins

Whisky 2018 – 29-34 – rare Japanese whisky tasting

29 – Ichiro’s Malt Blended Whisky “Houou-uhi” for Isetan (includes Kawasaki, Hanyu)
Nose: leather, apricots, vanilla, dust, soap, grilled pineapple, crushed ants, salty crisps
Palate: dust, cream, coffee, loads of fruit, old whisky, old apples, tobacco
Finish: cream and lace

30 – Hanyu Distillery Tokyo International Bar Show 1990 Vintage 23 year old
Nose: lollies, orange fizz wizz, meringue, soy sauce, black rock sugar, lemoncillo, toast with apricot jam
Palate: leaves, medicinal, cream, apricots and butter, old perfume
Finish: tea tannins, wood glue, green grass, cream

31 – Hanyu Distillery Whisky Live 10th Anniversary Bottling 18 years Single Cask Mizunara Cask #369
Nose: strawberry jam, chocolate, woody, stewed stone fruit, sour cream, maple syrup
Palate: soapy, woody, peanuts, fried potatoes, tropical fruit, bounty bars, maple syrup
Finish: leaves, cream, salt

32 – Karuizawa Asama Vintages 1999-2000 (77 casks mainly Sherry)
Nose: woody, maple syrup, perfume like, instant coffee, rubber, wax
Palate: rubber, peanuts, funky, beef tallow, salt, umami, stock cubes, wax, honey
Finish: pears, salty crisps, white pepper

33 – Karuizawa 8 year old Malt Whisky Mercian bottling
Nose: leather, wax, german Xmas biscuits, new make, toffee apple
Palate: wax, soy sauce, pencil shavings, gentle sugars
Finish: soy, cream

34 – Karuizawa 15 year old Malt Whisky Mercian bottling
Nose: cream, stone fruit, wax, some maple syrup
Palate: apples, leather, cream, sea weed,
Finish: medicinal, cream, old apples

Whisky 2018 – 25-28

25 – Signatory Glenlossie for The Whisky Club 1997, 20 Years Hogshead Cask #1150
Nose: meringue, rose water, liquorice, mint
Palate: Lollies, caramel, banana pie, white pepper, kiwi fruit
Finish: cream, menthol, tobacco, rock melon

26 – Signatory Glenlossie for Shinanoya 1992, 24 Years Hogshead Cask #3454
Nose: caramel, dust, rock melon, marshmallow, peanut brittle
Palate: so rich, honey, cream, tropical fruit, green grass, pineapple, rock melon, mango pudding
Finish: tobacco, menthol, cream, tropical fruit, vanilla

27 – Liquid Treasures Speyside 1993, 22 Years
Nose: Sherry, sherry, sherry, hazelnuts, funk, sulfur, rubber, old apples
Palate: Cream, rubber, cream and a bit more rubber, mushroom pate, old apples
Finish: Like licking a sherry barrel, cream

28 – The Maltman Knockdhu 2007, 9 Years Sherry Cask 003
Nose: caramel, soy sauce, banana, rubber, sulfur
Palate: sugar, honey, funky earthy, liquorice, rubber, sulfur
Finish: liquorice, salt, sherry, chocolate

Whisky 2018 – 20-24

20 – The Ultimate Macduff 2008 9 Years Sherry Butt 61%
Nose: honey, aspirin, bananas, caramel
Palate: caramel, flinty, mineral, grilled pineapple, lemon zest
Finish: sherry, rubber

21 – Wilson & Morgan Glenrothes 1997 18 Years Marsala Cask #8731 56.4%
Nose: Soy sauce, caramel, coffee,
Palate: caramel, stone fruit, rubber, milk duds
Finish: short, caramel

22 – Wilson & Morgan Tobermory 1995 21 Years Marsala Cask #1397
Nose: caramel, cream, rubber
Palate: kiwi fruit, milk chocolate, rock melon, dusty, rubber, soy sauce, caramel
Finish: tropical fruits, rubber, black beans

23 – Silver Seal Clynelish 1993 22 Years 51.7% Cask #7562
Nose: birthday candles, fruit, banana leaf,
Palate: wax, tropical fruit, dusty, caramel, chocolate
Finish: dust, wax, old apples

24 – Silver Seal Pluscarden (Miltonduff) 1977 38 Years Cask WA021 46.7%
Nose: leather, vanilla, cherries, wax
Palate: caramel, leather, melted butter, rock melon, dusty, hazelnuts, toasted almonds
Finish: fruit, old apples