Review by Nonjatta contributor - DramtasticThe Singlemalt Chichibu Golden Horse 12-year-old, Bottle no. 0263, Bottled July 2008 56% Alcohol
Nose: Oaky, Caol Ila 12 type medicinal notes. Peat, butter menthols.
Palate: As per the nose with some big spices. Salt. Biscuity and a slightly oily mouth feel.
Finish: Spicy, hot, sweet peat and a little drying right at the end.
Comments: This is my favorite "didn't see it coming" whisky of the last 6 months (as opposed to the ones I expected to be good). It has a fantastic balance and I'm a sucker for a malt with big spiciness. For those you have tried Yoichi 12 (a whisky I love), this one is better in my opinion.