Ichiro's Malt Chichibu Zoetrope Banzai 8th Anniversary Whisky Review

Shot Bar Zoetrope. Notes Eye: Blonde Nose: Melon, honey, and vanilla. Quite floral with hints of boiled candies. Palate: More melon! Sweet honey with some waxy goodness. Citrusy vanilla. Finish: Waxy malty bourbon influenced heaven with a citrus finish. Details Distillery: Age: 4yr's Old Region: Japan Distillation Date: 2009 Bottling…

Ichiro's Malt Shot Bar Zoetrope 3rd Anniversary Whisky Review

Another one from my Shot Bar Zoetrope visits. Notes Eye: Amber Nose: Very meaty, with a sweet jam note underneath. Palate: More smoked meat but with some other fruit in there too. I get some berries and some kind of citrus. Quite hot and peppery. Finish: This was one hot…

Karuizawa 1979 Cask 7752 Whisky Review

Also tried at Shot Bar Zoetrope in Tokyo, Japan. Notes Eye: Super dark Nose: Deep sherry and berry jam, hints of strong coffee. Wood polish and a heavy floral element. Nuts. Sugar. It's all happening. With time the vanilla became more prominent. Palate: So sweet, sugar malt on first contact.…

Ichiro's Choice Karuizawa Sherry Influence 1983 Whisky Review

Another gem from Shot Bar Zoetrope in Tokyo. Notes Eye: Deep caramel Nose: Sherry with heavy espresso, thickened cream, and dark chocolate. Hints of berries, but also something almost fungal? Quite earthy. Palate: Very sweet on first contact with an explosion of apple and espresso. Finish: Heads to espresso town,…

Ichiro's Malt Card Queen of Clubs Whisky Review

Another Hanyu from the famous Ichiro's Malt Card series, this one is interesting because it was finished in new american oak. Notes Eye: Burnt amber Nose: Plenty of fruits on the nose and a lot of earth. Almost as if it had been buried underground. Slightly peppery to the nose.…

Ichiro's Malt Card 9 of Aces Whisky Review

Another absolute gem from Shot Bar Zoetrope in Tokyo. Notes Eye: Deep Nose: Cherry and stone fruit, peaches. Quite floral. Throw some berries in too. Palate: Very sweet and sticky, hints of peat. Berries are prominent, in a jammy kind of way. Finish: Cherry and peaches, what a finish! Drying…

Ichiro's Malt Hanyu 20yr Cask Strength Release 3 Whisky Review

Please excuse the poor quality photo. Tried this gem at Shot Bar Zoetrope in Tokyo. 20yr old Hanyu at cask strength! Notes Eye: Light Mahogany Nose: Peat with big hits of strawberry. Floral and vegetal. Clearly sherry influenced. Palate: Wow that is seriously sweet. Sherried peat with a berry floral…

Yoichi 20yr Whisky Review

Yoichi 20yr old. Fantastic stuff and almost impossible to find now at a reasonable price. Notes Eye: Burnt gold Nose: Heavy raspberry compote. Very floral. Heavy refined sherry influence. Hints of coal. Leathery. Palate: Sweet raspberry. Jelly babies. Finish: Espresso and sherry mix with a light smoke and gorgeous raspberry…