Whisky 2018 – 126-130, Suntory Essence Tasting

126 – Yamazaki Distillery Exclusive Bottling #258568, 40% (American oak puncheon)
Nose – honey, boiled sweets, green cordial, raw almonds, grape vines
Palate – cream, salt, vines, coffee lollies
Finish – brandy snaps, underripe apples

127 – Hakushu Distillery Exclusive Bottling, 43%
Nose – banana lollies, pine, vanilla, mangos,
Palate – apples, cream, old pineapple, cream
Finish – vines

128 – Essence of Suntory Chita Distillery Grain 2001/2018 4 Years Wine Cask Finish, 49% (corn)*
Nose – raspberry lollies, woody butter, peanut butter, citrus, balsa wood, cream, vanilla, Terry’s chocolate orange
Palate – crushed ants, wine tannins, vanillla, melted butter, milk chocolate
Finish – huge vanilla cream, raspberry leaf, raspberry lollies

129 – Essence of Suntory Hakushu Rye Type 2014/2018, 57%*
Nose – chocobanana paddlepops, berries, jubes, caramel, an old lamington
Palate – pu er tea, raspberry lollies, dirt, minerals, dry ginger, ginseng, coconut gelato
Finish – salt, dusty, my mum’s terrarium, raw chocolate

130 – Essence of Suntory Yamazaki Distillery Peated Malt 2005/2018, 49%
Nose – paprika, smoked ham, lemon curd, band aids, onsen eggs, toast with butter, charred leek
Palate – dusty, pencil shavings, cream, old apples, citrus pith
Finish – cream, medicinal, oily, smoked oily fish

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Whisky 2015 – 46-49 – SMWS Japanese Madness

 46 – SMWS G13.1 (Chita) A complete revelation
Mango, dried coconut, tropical cordial, powdered ginger, pineapple doused in rum and cinnamon, chocolate, woody notes, marshmallow, vanilla, lime cordial. Ginger, lemonade spider, dry pound cake.

47 – SMWS G12.1 (Nikka) oh so sweet
Banana paddle pops, dulche and marshmallow. Sweet sweet sweet banana lollies and a touch of dried pineapple. It becomes more complex with opening up including hints of my mum’s lime coconut drizzle cake.

48 – SMWS 120.8 (Hakashu) a sweet surge of peat
Soap (in a good way), salt, pepper, popcorn and musk, salted preserved lemon. Bacon drippings, a smokey fruity sugar punch.

49 – SMWS 124.4 (Miyagikyo) full of secret pleasures
Muscat, port, Sherry fino, rubber, dry warmth, oil soaked rags, spices cloves and anise, maple. German spice biscuits, a rubber fire, cocoa, liquorice, toasted bran, so much going on. Jeezus!