A lovely blended whisky from Japan, created by Ichiro Akuto, the Japanese whisky extraordinaire. This particular gem is made with both malt and grain whisky from Japan as well as (possibly) some whisky from other countries too – the label describes it as “a worldwide blended whisky”.
Nose: Peach and dried apricot, sweet butterscotch, vanilla cream, citrus zest, synthetic bananas and gooey malt.
Palate: Toffee first and foremost, with notes of barley malt, gingerbread, tropical fruits, honeyed pipe tobacco lveas, black pepper, roasted chestnut and freshly cut hay.
Finish: Medium length with vanilla and dried tropical fruit.
Ichiro Akuto makes some very good whiskies indeed.For those who have never heard of him, Ichiro is one of the rock stars of Japanese whisky, and surely becoming a cult figure in the indie distilling world. He comes from a long tradition of drink-makers and was there when the Hanyu distillery closed down. Now of course he’s known as the master of Chichibu distillery.