|Distiller||Hakushu, Yamazaki, and Chita (Japan)|
This whisky has been designed exclusively for the North American Market, and comes at an entry level price. It really is entry level, but that is all it is trying to be. It is designed for versatility, based upon the various ways that whisky is consumed - neat, on the rocks, or in a highball.
Bottling Code: N/A
Bottling Date: 2016
Light fruit – pear, peaches, apples, light lemon and grapefruit, and a slightly spicy backdrop with some toffee, brown sugar, and light incense. The palate has a great feel, with some brilliant oak and grain whisky playing around in the background alongside some toffee, and light peach. It’s very easy, light, and relatively simple - i.e. not that interesting – but serves terrifically as a casual sipper and there aren’t any negative elements at all. I’m sure this is what they had in mind when they moved decided to produce this – and they have it accomplished!
Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).
Value: Average, based on $60. But in terms of Japanese whisky, I think they did a pretty good job! I enjoy the stuff. You can do better in Japanese whisky, but it comes at a price…