Ichiro's Malt

1988, King of Diamonds

ABV 56%
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Brand: Ichiro's Malt
Expression: 1988, King of Diamonds
Type: Japan Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 56%
Country/Region: Japan
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Editor's Choice
Issue 56
Tasting notes
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Immediate complexity. Cheddar cheese, cream, but also a firm nutty quality. A touch of burlap, smoke and then with water it shifts into sandalwood, citrus, pineapple, pine.
Palate: Dances in the mouth, moving from spice into flowers then to smoke, which builds subtly.
Finish: Long, mixing spice and sweetness.
Comment: This has classic Japanese finesse (and excellent viscimetry). Great whisky is about balance and this has it...in diamonds, not spades.
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Tangy (alcohol tickles nostrils). Lots of cereal notes. Cooked grains. Oatcakes. Cowshed. Creosote with fresh mint aromas. Lemon juice.
Palate: A very short sweet start, bursting out into a spicy circus of aromas. Quite sharp but challenging. Less creosote on the palate.
Finish: Concentrated, citrussy, minty and spicy.
Comment: Water undoubtedly tames the alcohol but alters the freshness and enticing natural sharpness of that bold whisky.
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