Monday, June 18, 2012

Which Ichiro's should I get?

I was down at Liquors Hasegawa and decided to try a few Japanese malts. I have a few bottles of Yamazaki and Hakushu at home and I really like the taste of these. They are decent malts and good for a beginner to try. I was feeling a bit extravagant and wanted to buy an Ichiro's malt for home. The beauty of being able to try before you buy is the draw card at Liquors Hasegawa. I narrowed my selection to three Ichiro's Malts.

Mizunara Wood Reserve and Wine Wood Reserve
The Mizunara Wood Reserve had a strong Japanese oak nose that is quite different from anything I have ever smelled before. It will take some time for me to get used to. The Wine Wood Reserve had a rich and fruity nose which I quite enjoyed. After careful consideration I bought a bottle of Ichiro’s Malt Double Distilleries instead. The bottle is a blended malt (vatted malt) of sherry matured whisky from the old Hanyu distillery which closed down in 2000 and new-make from the Chichibu distillery which opened in 2008. This new spirit that has been kept in Japanese oak casks. In other words it's a careful blend of the old with the new. You could say that I bought a cross between the MWR and the WWR. I look forward to opening this on a rainy day. And being the rainy season here in Japan it might not be long before I do.

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