Whisky 2017 – 193-197 – The Mash Tun, Tokyo

It is always a pleasure to visit The Mash Tun in Tokyo, owner Toru Suzuki is a true gentleman and wonderful ambassador for whisky. On this trip I arrived as they finished a Cadenhead tasting with General Manager, Mark Watt. Truly a special occasion to walk through the door on. I also met representatives from Shinanoya and Whisk-e. I was hanging out with the big dogs, accidentally.

193 – Benrinnes Bourbon Cask for the Mash Tun 13th Anniversary 17 Years “How can I live at the top of the mountain
Pancakes, vanilla, salted butter, sweet biscuits, cakes, stone fruit, galvanized fence. Apricots, vanilla, rubber, sulphur, salt, red apples, sponge cake, chestnuts.

194 – Cadenhead’s 175th Anniversary Caperdonich 39 Years
Rubber, shoe polish, chocolate, grilled nectarines. Toffee, raisins, butter, brown sugar, ice coffee, plum chutney, green figs, old butter. This thing is huge.

195 – Glenfarclas 32 Years Salon de Shimaji PenXShinanoya Cask 136 1981 bottled 2013
Buttered toast, chestnut purée, raisin, cloves, pickled onions (in a good way), coffee. Honey, butter, pain à raisin, salt, apricots.

196 – Ichiro’s malt “The Game” Madeira Hogshead Cask 1370, 10 Year Anniversary of Shinanoya *
Maple syrup, pancakes, loads of stone fruit, toasty, caramel, toffees, toffee apple, pineapple upside down cake. Rubber, raisins, sulphur, apricots, old butter, musk sticks, butter and maple syrup on crumpets.

197 – Benriach 1976 Sherry Cask/Bourbon Finish Cask 529, 37 years
Plastic, caramel, rose hips, green grass, columbines, salt, passion fruit vine. Butter herbs, butter, caramel, apricot jam, chocolate, stout, kiwi fruits, chocolate, LPG, beef fat, vanilla icecream, pineapple.

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Whisky 2017 – 9-13

9 – Asta Morris Glen Moray 2005 10 Years Cask AM032 fresh bourbon
Lemon balm, honey, glue, salt, vanilla yoghurt, lemonade, burnt matches. Chewy, butter, toast with apricot jam, green grass, lemonade spider.

10 – Asta Morris Caperdonich 1995 20 Years Cask AM021 ex-bourbon
Dusty kiwifruit, orange zest in custard, cake mix, vanilla and violets. Heavy cream, stewed apricots, passion fruits, salt, pound cake.

11 – Asta Morris Auchentoshan 1991 24 Years Cask AM044 Sherry hogshead
Stewed apple, sulphur, rubber, match heads, vanilla cream, wood varnish, toasted hazelnuts, cake mix. Christmas cake with brandy cream, maraschino cherries, salt, black tea, toast with butter and honey, marshmallows and musk.

12 – Maltman Hazelgrove 14 Year Sherry Cask, Cask 6
Honey, caramel, tennis balls, marzipan. Odd very sweet to begin with, leather, boot polish, caps and sulphur, stewed apple.

13 – Limeburners Directors Cut Barrel M123
Woody, pine sap, cherry flavored medicine, musk, skin, Mexican drinking chocolate. Holy god – musk, brown butter, hollow, medicine, flat Coke, licorice.