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    Re: Japanese Whisky

    I have been talking about the OB Single Malt Yoichi 10 year old 45% abv expression. I have only had the Single Cask 10 year old 64% once at the distillery and it was fabulous. One little 20 ml pour. I wanted to buy a bottle but the only one they had left was a little 170 ml. I haven't had the heart to open it since I haven't seen it anywhere else. If you see it and it isn't too expensive buy it. If you don't the OB is good, too.
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    Re: Japanese Whisky

    Ed,
    Thanks for the info. I think your OB Single Malt Yoichi 10 year is what I'm planning on picking up. There is alot of information on the English page of Nikka's web site about this whisky. The Nikka online shop sells it for 4725 yen, so I assume it would retail for around 4500 yen. Does that sound right? It looks like the Single Cask bottles all sell for over 10,000 yen. Is it that good? If so, I may have to plan accordingly.

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    Re: Japanese Whisky

    Those prices seem about right. As to whether the sigle cask is worth 10.000 yen or not, it is to some people. Remember, I have only had it once. Also remember, it is almost 20% higher abv so there is more whiskey in the bottle than in the standard bottling. It is your call.
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    Re: Japanese Whisky

    The Nikka Black is stored in new wood casks rather then first fill used ones so it would have a bit more bourbon flavoring IMO. There is also a Nikka Red which is supposed to be close to a Lowland style Scotch.

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    Re: Japanese Whisky

    Thanks AVB. I never knew that about the Nikka Pure Malt Black. I never thought it tasted bourbon-like, too much peat smoke there. I will see what it tastes like next time I pour some with that in mind. It is one of my favorite malts. The White label is one of my favortie Islay type malts though the finish is short compared to Ardbeg 10 or Laphroig 10. I just got my first bottle of the Red a week or so ago. It is sweet, light and fruity with vanilla notes. A tiny hint of smoke. I just rolled some around in my mouth, didn't drink itor only a couple of drops, I have to go back to work later. The tiny hint of smoke is hanging in there in the finish. I didn't notice it much in the taste or nose. The Red White and Black are pretty cheap here, US$14 for a 500 ml bottle.
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    Nikka Pure Malt Black Label

    I am really pleased to know that about the Black label being aged in new oak casks. I have always wondered what malt whiskey might taste like aged that way. And the Black Label is one of my very favorite Malt whiskies. I had a couple of pours tonight after work. Great stuff. I looked for bourbon like flavors and here is what I found. Sweetness, from the oak as well as the malt. Vanilla. A freshness that I associate with bourbon, part of which is an orangey citrus hint. The peat smoke masks some of that and the rye spice is, of course, absent as is the wheatie sweetness. No corn, either! Don't take any of this as complaint, the Nikka Pure Malt Black is one of my very favorite whiskies.
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    Re: Nikka Pure Malt Black Label

    I agree completely Ed. My brother & I finished off a bottle at a nice sushi bar the other night. There's something so clean and refreshing about the taste that it matches perfectly with fine Japanese cuisine.

 

 

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