Nose: Not great. A little sherry and oak. Label says it was fully matured in Sherry casks. Doesn’t taste like it. Also, plasticine, glue and cheap brandy.
Palate: A little better than the nose with bread dough, some lime and tangerine. Then ruined again by the plasticine and glue.
Finish: Bitter, with plasticine and, thankfully, short.
Last Word: According to The Whisky Exchange, this was bottled in the 70s. Not Suntory’s finest hour.
*This one may be a single malt as it was matured at Yamazaki and back in the day it was not unusual for Yamazaki/Hakushu single malts to be labeled as pure/blended malts.
Nose: Quite woody and a little musty. Hints of molding oranges, lemon, tinned pears.
Palate Honey, lemon, solvent, soap flakes, pepper, a little sherry, woody and again the molding oranges.
Finish: Pretty much as per the palate with some late coal. Not much to it really.
Last Word: Not to my liking tasted neat. Made a fair mixer.
* An alternate review from Whiskies R US
Nose: Gentle and and fairly closed. Notes of pear, oregano, varnish or paint thinner, eucalyptus, pepper and salt. Okay it doesn’t sound closed but it’s a few days between whiskies and I’m picking up more than I would normally with this one. Palate: Smooth and soft, mainly malt and cream. Some nutmeg spice and a little pepper. Finish: Short, simple, a bit dry or dusty. Then, a mineral-like quality and bamboo shoots.
Last Word: This is a uncomplicated malt, easy to drink, nice enough, but lacks complexity.
Nose: Smooth, quite heavy sherry. Oak, raisins, stone fruit (plums?), toffee, wood stain. What seems like a touch of peat or smoke.
Palate: Ripe stone fruit, Christmas cake, milk chocolate, raisins, wood stain and again that hint of smoke/burnt twigs/matches…. or something like that. Well balanced.
Finish: Spicy, raisins, plums, chocolate, mint. Warming on the chest and of medium length. A little dry.
Nose: A dreamy mix of gentle oak, vanilla, cream, tropical fruits such as banana, papaya (paw paw) and guava.
Palate: Smooth and creamy mouth feel and basically follows the nose, with some white pepper spice thrown in.
Finish: Warming and of medium length. Spicy, oaky and herbaceous.
Last Word: I have loved this whisky from the moment I opened the bottle.This was great value at about 20 euros in Japan. Such a shame it was discontinued
Nose: Clean and fresh. Banana, vanilla, malt, light oak, blueberry and custard apple.
Palate: Ultra clean mouth feel. The flavours from the nose with some nutmeg and white pepper spice. A hint of bubbegum.
Finish: Is short and clean with some creaminess. The nutmeg and white pepper clings to the top palate. Finally, there is burst of Granny Smith apples.
Last Word: Lovely stuff, well balanced and very moreish.
Nose: An off note of slightly rotting stone fruits (nectarines, plums). Wattle flower, currants.
Palate: Raisins, dark plums, plum jam, figs, black pepper and hoisin sauce.
Finish: Medium length with raisins, figs, black pepper and the off note from the nose returning.
Nose: Preserved plums. pomegranate, merlot infused oak, nectarine and a little menthol.
Palate: Sweet red grapes, preserved plums, light oak, cranberries, marzipan, butter, ginger.
Finish: Short on red grape, cranberries, marziapan then quite some ginger.
Nose: Mouldy orange skins, devilled eggs, pork rind, savoury shapes biscuits, sweet sherry, a flinty element
Palate: Again, mouldy orange skins, devilled eggs, raisins.
Finish: Short on flavour on the palate and rather unpleasant. Quite hard to drink.
Last Word: Certainly not Suntory’s finest hour.