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Karuizawa 29 yo 1983/2012 for LMDW

April 3, 2013
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Maybe the smokiest Karuizawa I have tasted so far, wonderfully stripped down to basics by the bourbon cask. Just the finish is a bit short. – Rating: 88/100

Coillmor 3 yo American Oak 2009/2013

March 6, 2013

If the German distillers just were a little more patient with their whisky. This is still too rough and newmake-y to be really enjoyable. – Rating: 65/100

Tecker Sherry Cask Single Malt

March 2, 2013
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The sherry cask certainly adds some pleasant flavours, but some slight vegetal notes are a bit detrimental. – Rating: 69/100

Karuizawa 48 yo 1964 for Wealth Solutions Poland

February 14, 2013
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This is a truly great whisky and not really what you would expect from a heavily sherried malt. Over the decades, wood spice and sherry fruit have blended into something unique here. My tasting notes just scratch the surface. – Rating: 94/100

Amrut Fusion

February 13, 2013
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The spices in this are quite dominant, the light and sweet fruit notes only act as an accompaniment. A complex but sippable dram. – Rating: 83/100

Sullivan’s Cove Double Cask

February 12, 2013
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The nose is quite pleasant, but palate and finish suffer greatly from lack of impact. – Rating: 65/100

Nikka “White” Pure Malt

February 12, 2013
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The vatting of Japanese and Islay malts creates a very delicate and slightly fragrant whisky with a nice driness. – Rating: 83/100

Yoichi 15 yo

February 6, 2013
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The rich mixed fruit aromas blend very well with the light smoke, the whisky is quite dry but not too woody. – Rating: 85/100

Nikka Super

February 6, 2013
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A well balanced blend with some nice flavours. The finish is a bit weak, though. – Rating: 79/100

Karuizawa 1984/2012 Number One Drinks

January 5, 2013
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‘Elixir’ would probably best describe this thick concoction. There is a great richness of ‘dark’ flavours, the vinegar notes are a bit too strong for a 90 rating. – Rating: 88/100

Yoichi 23 yo 1989/2012 for LMDW

January 1, 2013
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One of those flavour compositions that only the Japanese can create with boldness and delicacy in perfect balance. – Rating: 89/100

Overeem Old Hobart

December 31, 2012
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This whisky needs a little time to open up, everything is rather delicate here but also rather delicious. – Rating: 84/100

Karuizawa ‘Noh’ 28 yo 1983/2012

December 21, 2012
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One of those fantastic old Karuizawas that despite being sherry monsters show an amazing density of ‘secondary’ flavours and where everything is perfectly balanced.. – Rating: 90/100

Zuidam 5 yo 2007/2012 Single Rye For Milroy’s

December 20, 2012
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Some aspects of this rye are really nice but there are a few aromas on nose and palate that lessen the joy to some extent. – Rating: 78/100

Karuizawa Spirit of Asama

November 16, 2012
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A vatting of about 70 casks bottled at two different strengths. Rating: 48%: 86/100 – 55%: 88/100

Hammerhead

November 7, 2012
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The nose is nice but the palate does not have much to offer, a light and unoffensive dram. – Rating: 76/100

Karuizawa 1982/2012 The Whisky Exchange

October 27, 2012
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A fascinating mix of spice and fruit in this slightly unusual bourbon cask Karuizawa, the wood is always present but does not overwhelm the other flavours. – Rating: 89/100

Eddu Silver

October 22, 2012
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The buckwheat creates a rather unique flavour profile thay may not be everybody’s favourite. I quite like it. – Rating: 75/100

Isawa Vintage 1983

October 20, 2012
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A whisky with very strange flavours that may well represent the nadir of Japanese whisky making. – Rating: 45/100

Belgian Owl 3 yo

September 20, 2012

The nose of this young whisky is very strange but it has a fascinating complexity. The palate does not quite live up to this, but for a three year old whisky it is not bad at all. – Rating: 66/100