Single Malt Whisky Reviews from Australia


I picked up a bottle of this a little while ago from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Australia but hadn't opened it yet. You can imagine how happy I was to walk in to a bar in Japan and find it available by the dram. Winner!


Eye: Almost red, quite dark.

Nose: Very floral. Strong espresso. Gorgeous refined sherry and fruity tones.

Palate: Sweet espresso cream, then comes the sherry influence with heaps of fruit and dark chocolate.

Finish: Fruit and dark chocolate ride this out as the espresso dies off. Finishes with a sticky malty sweetness. Fantastic stuff!


Distillery: SMWS 120 (Hakushu)
Age: 14yr's Old
Region: Japan
Bottler: SMWS
Cask Type: 1st Fill Bota Corta
Distillation Date: September 1999
Limited: 517 Bottles
ABV: 55.5%

This is a gorgeous whisky. A combination of a great distillery and a top notch cask have combined to create a whisky that is not only unique but absolutely world class. To go with this whisky I have picked a track by Depapepe. I've featured them previously on my blog. Great guitarists, great whisky. Enjoy.

Depapepe - Start (2014 version)


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