Last Thursday saw meeting number seven of the Manchester Whisky Club, held at the new venue of The Castle in Manchester. Just like last month, a theme was the order of the day, with everything Japanese celebrated. Club founder Andy brought with him 5 expressions covering a little bit of everything, so without further a do, lets see how they all fared –
Yamazaki 12yr – 43%
Matured in US, Spanish and Japanese oak casks. Light on the nose with aromas of honey, vanilla and peach. Becomes a little sweeter on the palate with spice lingering and a long finish.
Nikka Coffey Grain – 45%
A smooth nose of grain with a slight toffee aroma coming through. Again smooth on the palate, with a slight developing spice that creates a mouth-watering effect. Light, long and lingering on the finish.
Lightly peated, matured in ex bourbon and sherry casks. Bold, slightly peated with lots of sherry aromas. A spicy start, with some bold citrus and sherry notes coming through. Hints of peat gather at the long finish.
Karuizawa Spirit of Asama – 55%
Vatting of 77 casks. Bold on the nose with heavy treacle notes as well as demerara sugar and slight peat. Sharp and bold on the palate, but mellows into a lingering aroma of treacle. A short finish.
Hakushu 12yr – 43%
The older expression (the new version is 43.5%). Apple dominates the nose with a slight sweetness at the end. Light on the palate with slight bursts of freshness that mellows and causes it to linger slightly.
A great collection showcased, and a surprise for myself. Previously, Yamazaki has been my personal favourite, but after sampling the Hakushu, this is now my sought after Japanese whisky!
Check out the rest of the photos of the first meet via my Facebook page.
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