Malt Madness: ‘Japanese Now Definitely On Par With the Scots’

Whisky Magazine named the Yoichi 20 year old as the world’s best single malt in 2008. Now more evidence that Japan is a whisky producer to be reckoned with. From the first installment from Malt Madness’ 2008 Malt Maniacs Awards:

Well, if this session proved anything it is that the Japanese are now definitely on par with the Scots. Interesting for me was the fact that both (Suntory) Yamazaki’s showed distinct floral / perfumy notes; a trait I don’t usually enjoy in my whiskies – but that’s very personal. Interestingly enough, Bowmore (also owned by Suntory) also had a period when their spirit showed a distinct perfumy trait. This trait entered the system shortly after Bowmore was acquired by Suntory, so it’s possible they made some changes to the production regime (Dave Broom believes it could have something to do with the cut off points). Could it be that Japanese palates are fonder of perfumy notes than European and/or American ones

The post offers tasting notes for the Karuizawa 12yo Pure Malt Whisky, Karuizawa 19yo 1988/2007, Karuizawa 19yo 1988/2007, Yamazaki 15yo 1993/2008 and Yamazaki 18yo 1990/2008.

~ by whisky1 on September 19, 2008.

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