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A Japanese blend.
Regulars will know towards the end of last year I was down in London for a Japanese Scotch Malt Whisky Society tasting with Mark from..
A new distillery for me! This time it’s an elusive and mysterious Japanese grain whisky producer owned by Suntory…
Wow, yes we opened a Hakushu from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.
These last past couple of months the Scotch Malt Whisky Society have been giving my wallet a real pounding. Last month’s release was epic in..
It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a Japanese whisky. I went Islay mad for a bit, but this cheeky little Suntory Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve..
This one’s big in Japan. The Nikka Taketsuru 21 Year Old won the World’s Best Blended Malt Whisky at the 2010 World Whiskies Awards, as..
Flaviar is a really simple, really neat idea. Subscribe to them and get sent a tasting pack of whiskies. Get some friends around for a..
A very brief review, while I have a window of opportunity (I’m getting married next week – more on that soon). Therefore, this will be..
Back to Japan! And back with Ichiro. The Hanyu Distillery ceased operations over a decade ago, and I talked a little bit about it in..
Three is the magic number. Three years of distillation. And in that time, Ichiro Akuto at Chichibu has produced a whisky that surpasses drams that..
Time for another Suntory whisky. The Hakushu distillery is located in the Southern Japanese Alps, where there are ‘untouched forests, mountains, and pure waters’ to..
A word of warning: I seriously loved the 1995 Single Cask version of this whisky. When I say seriously loved, I mean I smuggled a..
Ichiro Akuto makes some very good whiskies indeed, so I was looking forward to trying his Malt & Grain blend. For those who have never..
I’ve banged on about Japanese whisky enough by now to hopefully convert one or two people to its seductive and classy ways. Today, courtesy of..
Continuing my enjoyment of Hanyu single malt whisky, I’ve acquired another sample, this time from the famous (in whisky geek circles, at least) card series…
Hanyu distillery, in Japan, is an ex-distillery. It is no more. Since 2000, it has ceased to be. Ichiro Akuto, of Chichibu fame, and also..
Ichiro Akuto. Now that’s a cool name, but his distillery name is even cooler – Chichibu. Try saying that without smiling. Ichiro comes from a..
Time for something different: single grain whisky, which is made from grains other than just barley (which is used for standard single malt) and distilled in column stills (the sort..
Craft distiller Ichiro Akuto is the alchemist behind this Japanese blend. It’s a vatting of single malts (possibly from the Hanyu and Chichibu distilleries), that have then been stored..
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