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Japanese Whisky

As I’m currently living in Japan, I have the opportunity to acquire some domestically produced whiskies that are not often sold internationally.

I wrote a short guide on where you can purchase whisky in Japan.

Individual Reviews:

Glenfarclas 25 for The Whisky Exchange / 50.5% / £125

Tasted neat

This 25 year old Glenfarclas was bottled specially for retailer The Whisky Exchange, and is still in stock!

Besides being “matured in oloroso sherry casks for a quarter of a century” and seemingly cask-strength / NCF / natural colour, we know nothing except the tasting notes, which read:

Talisker 10 year old was the single malt that got me into whisky, so what can a single-cask, cask-strength, ex-sherry do?

Talisker 2010 Elixir Distillers 10 Year Old / 57.6% ABV

Tasted neat and with a bit of bottled water

This is a single cask Talisker, from Sherry Butt HL17807, a ten-year old Talisker at cask strength and natural colour…

Amrut Peated Cask Strength (Batch 38) / 62.8% ABV

Tasted neat and with a nip of bottled water

This lovely Amrut Peated Indian is cask strength, and natural colour — no age is disclosed! Press releases say this is peated to 23 ppm and aged “at least” 4 years, which in India’s climate, is more than enough.

“There is…

Nikka Miyagikyo Malty & Soft / 55%

Tasted neat, then with a little bottled water

Nikka’s Miyagikyo distillery was founded by Masataka Taketsuru 30 years after Yoichi in 1989, out of a desire to expand the scope of Nikka’s blending operations. Situated at the junction of two rivers, Miyagikyo operates different, larger pot stills than Yoichi, with…


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