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.
All of my whisky reviews are tagged by distillery, so you can easily go sus out additional reviews and opinions from myself and others. These are particular standout drams:
The Sony WH-1000XM3 over-ear noise-cancelling bluetooth headphones are great, but having worn them for a couple years, one side’s earcup padding / leather coating has started to wear out, crack and fall off:
Sony does have OEM replacement kits, but this $15 chinese replacement is almost identical to the original, and a lot cheaper. To do the replacement, just prise up the assembly gently with a prying tool (included) to pop the five plastic tabs that hold it in place:
Cask Trade did a neat Trilogy collection of three different cask types from Speyside Distillery, freshly filled, for the affordable price of 5000 GBP for the lot of three barrels:
Using new make spirit distilled at the award-winning Speyside Distillery in Kingussie, Scotland,
we will create three distinct whisky expressions– Bourbon, Sherry and Port Matured.
Storage and insurance is included for five years, and unrestricted naming rights vest at 15 years.
To give future owners a feeling about what their purchases might look like, Cask Trade has mailed us all “indicative samples” of the three cask types at 46% ABV…
Distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2019, this 19 year old OB release from Ardbeg was exciting news for fans waiting for the return of age-statement whisky besides the standard 10 year old. It was matured in a vatting of American Oak and Oloroso Sherry Casks, and is labelled as a “small batch” release, but there’s no official count on the size of the out-turn.
Just 90 quid and still in stock. Amazing dram!
The Port Charlotte OLC:01 is a young Islay whisky peated to a moderate 40ppm, and aged in
for 8 years before being transferred to first fill Oloroso sherry hogsheads from Fernando de Castilla for 18 months, and then bottled.
This is non-chill-filtered, non-coloured, and diluted to a punchy 55.1% ABV with local Islay spring water.
Another reasonable decent Kilchoman, but the Fino Sherry Casks don’t give it any significant departure from their regular releases.
This is a large but limited 2020 Kilchoman release of 10,500 bottles that were vatted from 12 ex-Fino Sherry casks from Bodega Miguel Martin in Spain. The bottle tasting notes are:
Nose: Maritime peat smoke, ripe banana, syrupy sweetness with a hint of nuttiness
Palate: Tropical fruit, earthy peat smoke with bitter chocolate and zesty lemons
Finish: Bold layers of damp peat smoke, walnuts, brine and lasting richness
Stunning cask-strength Caol Ila sweetened up with a bit of Amoro cask finishing, it comes a wee bit short of the punchy, powerful Caol Ilas I like.
This Caol Ila was bottled for Feis Ile 2017, part of a 1,500 bottle release for the annual festival. It’s twelve years old, and was double matured in ex-Amoroso casks. It is also natural cask strength, and was selected by Eddie Thom.
If you’re wondering what Amoroso sherry is, it’s also the cask-type used to finish Talisker Distiller’s Editions, and is producer El Maestro Sierra’s proprietary 15-year Oloroso doped with 4-year…
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