I read some interesting reviews about this whisky in Whisky Magazine so I had to try to get a bottle. Unfortunately, as far as I know Nikka
doesn’t distribute in the US so I had to try to source the bottle in Japan. Even in Japan it is a little difficult to find this bottle. I was finally able to have one shipped to me (in Japan) from the distillery in Yoichi. This is one of the more interesting and flavorful whiskies I have had – which isn’t saying too much as I haven’t been drinking whisky for all that long. But in any event here are my impressions:
N: initially earthy, oak, fungal. Smoke comes out later, cereal notes, dark and mysterious, complex.
P: sweet initially, moving towards those mushroom/earthy notes, then sliding into some smoke then BIG malt/oak and alcohol. There is definitely a lot going on here – not for the feint of heart.
F: lingering burn on the tongue, middle weight, coating.
N: saw dust, saloon floor, sweet notes seem to be enhanced.
P: tames the alcohol some, sweeter, earthy mushroom tones not as prevailing, malt is still there, almost a little bitter now.