ABV: 40 %
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Nose: This is sweet and unpleasant. At first there’s a very sharp ethanol layer on top. Underneath there’s another layer with generic sweetness, vanillin and a metallic note. It’s very thin and grain spirit heavy. There’s a soapy note somewhere around the edges which can be described as floral or, with some imagination, green apples. This is a really unpleasant nose overall.
Mouth: It starts out with a metallic sweetness and the grain spirit up front. It takes a few seconds before other flavours appear. A thin maltiness and apples appear which makes it a bit better. The oak starts to shine through and a clingy butterscotch note soon takes over everything. There’s a bitterness coming through from the back which isn’t helping it along. It becomes much sweeter with time in the glass.
Finish: The finish starts out with basically every flavour just disappearing and it almost immidiately moves towards the oakiness. It starts out as a quite generic oakiness but then a very nice tropical fruitiness with a hint of cocnut appear, and the late finish ends up being the best part of the journey. This is not a very good whisky when considered as a neat pour.
This japanese blend is supposed to be made from japanese made distillates only. The grain part is corn heavy. It’s aged in ex-bourbon barrels for 3-5 years.