This is the 12 year old Kurayoshi expression - a blended malt from the little-known Matsui Shuzou distillery in Japan's Tottori Prefecture. These whiskies are made with malts sources from Scotland, then blended with Japanese whisky and volcanic-rock-filtered water.
Nose:Flamed orange peel and lemongrass, with a touch of rye bread dough.
Palate:Aromatic barley with a floral edge, develops a fruity core of apple and white grape soon after.
Finish:Lime, ginger and a whiff of smoke.
A 12 year old from the Highlands distillery, Glendronach, a very heavily sherried single malt.
Nose:Rich cereals, struck match, raisin, cinnamon, caramelised sugar. Opens with some sweeter PX and lots of delicious raw ginger before becoming creamier with hazelnuts.
Palate:Fruits, peels, buttery. Pain au chocolat, a little marmalade on toast before becoming firmer and nuttier with spiced raisins.
Finish:Smoky toffee and nut brittle.
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