Again, my normal warning not to take my tastings too seriously. I drank this on a night out and didn`t have my shoddy tasting hat on. The nose had vanilla and mince pies in it. It tasted a bit lighter than the Yoichi 15 but not thin by any means: a sweetish sherry, spicy, almost salty. She doesn`t leave quickly enough to leave you feeling used, but doesn`t stay the night either.
Reviews by more reliable typesA 2006 bottling got an average of 84/100 points ("recommendable") from 13 reviewers on the Maltmaniacs.org website.
Serge Valentin, Whisky Fun, December 28, 2006, was one of the less enthusiastic of those tasters. He gave 79/100 ("better than average") to the 2006 bottling. Valentin wrote he found the nose subtle and delicate. In the mouth, it had an obvious wood influence: "vanilla, soft spices and sort of dryness" with gingerbread and "soft paprika". There was "lots happening" but then it got "a bit mainstreamish and ‘modern’ ... Yet, the balance is rather perfect and there’s even a little salt at the finish, together with notes of white pears."
45 per cent
Price (May 2007)
700 ml - 10,493 yen
(Please note the dates on reviews if they are provided. There may be significant variation between different years of a single malt brand)