Does that paradoxical and very Japanese thing of being able to have real lift while going deep at the same time.
1988, Cask No. 3397
No age statement
Year of Bottling
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Deep and mature yet with sufficient freshness to give it lift. Humus and fresh fennel. Quite restrained yet funky.
Palate: Good feel. Creamy, sweet and quite hot with a deep, solid centre. Light tannins. Powerful with real depth. Blossoms on the back palate.
Finish: Rich and fruity.
Comment: Does that paradoxical and very Japanese thing of being able to have real lift while going deep at the same time.
Nose: Rich, complex oaky notes which slowly unwind to release stewed fruit. Cooked apricots. Apple compote. Wood is well integrated. When aerated, some luscious coffee notes.
Palate: Frisky, a bit sharp. Gets sherbety. Then a malty sweetness tries to calm the game but spices block the way.
Finish: Dry, biting, spicy.
Comment: The nose does not say it all. The old man is still sprightly.
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