35 Japanese Malts and a Visit to Parliament

If you don’t read the WhiskyFun or Cask Strength blogs, you should be. Both have new tastings up today that are worth checking out.

Over at WhiskyFun, they are reviewing 35 Japanese Malts. This isn’t something I’ve ever explored yet, so this is a bang-up introduction to the topic. Here’s a quick taste, but go read all 35 reviews:

Nikka Taketsuru 12 yo (40%, OB, pure malt, +/-2008) A pure malt named in honour of Nikka’s founder. We already tried the 17 (80) and the 21, that we liked quite a lot (85). Colour: gold. Nose: this is very floral and fruity and really reminds me of the Balvenie 10yo. Apple pie, plum jam, dandelions, nectar, vanilla crème and cappuccino. Very good presence and a very clean profile, with very soft tannins in the background. Mouth: very, very sweet attack on, well, sweetened apple juice and nutmeg, with more malty notes and cereals after that. Gets then more on roasted nuts and butterscotch, with an amusing salty touch. Not really big nor complex but highly sippable. Finish: medium-long, all on vanilla cookies and apple pie topped with a few grains of salt. Comments: warning, this is good and highly drinkable. Remember, no refills! SGP:621 – 80 points.

WhiskyFun also tells us that ground zero for reviews on Japanese malts in the blogosphere is Nonjatta. We’ll have to check that out and add them to the sidebar.

Over at Cask Strength, one of my personal favorite whisky blogs, they are reviewing bottlings by the House of Lords and House of Commons. Pretty interesting stuff – who knew that the House of Commons rocked out their own bottling of the Macallan 10.

Great reviews and great blogs all. Go give them a read.