Truth be told I haven’t tasted a lot of down right awful whiskies whether Japanese or Scottish. Same may be bland, extremely average, or I may not like the style personally, but truly horrible, thankfully not many. I’m especially grateful for this as, like most whisky punters, I’m putting my hand in my own pocket to pay for this stuff.
On a few occasions however I’ve come across some Japanese whisky that has been downright nasty. So to borrow from part of the title of one of my all time favorite movies, here is Japanese whisky, The Bad and The Ugly.
Nikka De Ta Blend: For those that like a little whisky with their sulphur.
Kirin Robert Brown Deluxe Blend: Cheap to buy and for good reason, it tastes like it.
Karuizawa Vintage Cask 1987 15 #2114 60.2%: Perfume, kero, some kind of boiled meat, burning rubber…. and that’s the good part.
Mars Malt Gallery SC 1988 #0565-107 Sherry Butt 58%: Pour some Old Spice Cologne or similar into a whisky glass then drink. Same effect.
Suntory Yamazaki Gold Sherry Cask from the 70’s 42%: Warning! Do not try this at home folks…..or anywhere else!
Kirin Dunbar Pure Malt: Just plain weird. Possible uses, glueing together your next Airfix model kit ‘cuz that’s what it smells/tastes like.