Ichiro's Malt

Card Joker

ABV 57.7%
REVIEWED Issue 127
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Brand: Ichiro's Malt
Expression: Card Joker
Type: Japan Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
Year of bottling: 2015
ABV: 57.7%
Country/Region: Japan
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Issue 127
Tasting notes
Taster   Chris Goodrum
Nose: Intense, pungent aromas of herbal, coffeed sherry. Spicy with cinnamon, clove and coriander seed. A light Cognac-esque rancio appears. Water softens, bringing out orange and dried fruit.
Palate: Intense, with coffeed tannic wood notes. Raw but juicy with raisins and dried white grape. Neat, the alcohol is masking. Less intense with water, emphasises the juiciness.
Finish: Good length with lingering dried fruit, marzipan and coffee.
Comment: Now this is how I like my sherry matured whiskies, with a bit of age and oxidation notes to add character.
Taster   Neil Ridley
Nose: Bold, brash and smouldering. Some dark smoky notes, rich woodiness and some medicinal / menthol, tarry elements too. Water reduces the strength, but fortunately broadens the flavour, rather than washing it away. Nice.
Palate: Peppery at first, with menthol, hints of ashy smoke, some well balanced floral notes and toasted oak.
Finish: The smoke is teasing; not too dominant, but just making its presence known.
Comment: A well-rounded peaty beastie. Plenty of personality and enough power to give it some serious weight.
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