I’ve been meaning to reply to this for a while. I looked into this whisky, wondering what it went for over here. It’s not one I’ve noticed on the shelves. The local shopping sites don’t have it either. I assume it’s one that’s made exclusively for the foreign market.Been wearing a LEE Royal derby on this dark & dreary day as the holidays approach. Test driving a dram of The Shin 10 yr old Japanese Blended Malt whisky as an aperitif on a clean palate before dinner. First impression is this blend is very much like a Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky with tastes of dark stone fruits like figs, dates & raisins, maybe plumbs. Much preferred over citrus & tropical fruits. A bit of vanilla on the nose but not so much on the taste. Mouthfeel is clean but thin, watery. Few legs or curtains inside the glass. Aged in Mozunara Oak but I’m not getting any of the incense/sandalwood “smoke” or spice. Some black pepper & small bit of alcohol in the aftertaste. It may take a couple drops of water to open up these other tastes. Pretty smooth 96 proof, non chill filtered with no additives. Not harsh at all.
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PS: In time a little heat builds in the chest.
PSS: Nosing the empty glass brings a nice aroma of cinnamon & spice, vanilla, oak & sandalwood smoke.
On a side note, a friend told me about a place that runs an online whisky lottery. You pay around $US50 and get what you’re given. About 25% of them are worth slightly less than the $50. The rest are worth about $65 and up. The lottery sells out in a minute or two. I tried to buy a ticket, but hadn’t logged in. By the time I’d logged in, I had missed out. The friend who told me about it did get a ticket. He sent me a video of him opening the parcel. You can imagine his delight when he discovered he had got one of the two top bottles - Hibiki 21. I did suggest he come around for dinner that night. Invitation was declined.
I’ll try again next time.
The Hibiki sells for about $US620 on Amazon over here.