Pure Malt Red is a Japanese blended malt in a charming looking bottle! This is made up of malt whisky from the Nikka distilleries Yoichi and Miyagikyo. The result is a fruit, creamy, buttery, and slightly herbal whisky.
Nose: Of the three Pure Malts, this is the fruity, clean and easy-going one. The nose is clean, fruity and quite nutty. It reminds us of that old American favourite – peanut butter and jelly on toast.
Palate: Great fruitiness, buttery and clean with hints of cut herbs, sugar and spice.
Finish: The finish is good, with wonderful balance and not a step wrong as it fades away gracefully on sweet, soft malt and fruit.
It has a strong nose, but is light in palate and taste, smooth, with a refreshing, fading finish that is not overpowering, but light, gentle and short, you soon want more and with a small bottle you can end up finishing it very quickly. I actually preferred it to the Yamazaki 18 which is far more prized and expensive!