Nose: Shy it’s not. Big notes of fermenting pears, cookie dough, pine needles, eucalyptus, soap flakes, malt soaked timber, tinned peaches, kiwi fruit and menthol.
Palate: Intensely malty. Czech pilsner, cornflake cookies, muesli bars, pine, menthol. Also brings back memories of walking past the yakitori stalls in the alleyways along the north west side Shinjuku station. Quite oily. An unusual but appealing profile.
Finish: Actually a bit short considering the bold nose and palate. Mostly follows the palate with some added lime.
Last word: Like the Chichibu The First this one is very good at only 3 years old. You can just sense the care that goes into these hand crafted whiskies.
*Update 2/01/2013 I’ve always known there was a flavor in the mix that I needed to add to these motes and it’s a very strong one. Just taken me awhile to put my finger on it. Kellogg/s Honey Puffs.