There are many great truths in the world. Some are quite simple: 2+2=4, “I” comes before “E” except after “C” (with a few exceptions), kittens are really quite adorable. Some truths are not so simple, but are truths nonetheless: Chaos theory, String theory (yes, I know these are theories but there’s a certain amount of truthiness to them), your pee after a side of asparagus is going to smell really funky!
My whisky simple truth? I love Japanese whiskies. Arigato Japan.
My not so simple truth? The fact that I have to tell you how much this whisky made me want to throw up in my mouth. Just a little.
On the nose – I am instantly hit with notes of sour milk and peat. I think the word “notes” is a bit too soft a word for what I am experiencing here.
Man, the acridity to the nose on this whisky is almost overwhelming.
Soft peat and molasses.
The milk is back but it from sour to sweeter than previously detected.
With water it’s all on spirit and oak but, mostly, spirit. Strange that water would increase the spirit quality and not cut it…
Must. Add. Water.
With water, it gets very sugary (sugar water). Skim milk and biscuits. Thin mouth feel.
This whisky needs a ton of time to open up. After about 25 minutes (yes, I waited this long) the peat smoke evolves and almost seems to transform this whisky into a coffee-toffee treat (albeit a high octane moonshine infused coffee-toffee treat).
Finish – Long and warming.
In sum – There is *a lot* going on with this whisky but most of it I just didn’t like. Those acrid and rotting notes I got just turned me off. When would I enjoy this? Maybe after it matured for another 10 – 15 years…