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Ichiro’s Five of Clubs (Hanyu Distillery):
Distilled in 1991, finished in Mizunara cask, 57.4%ABV
Ichiro has the whisky equivalent of the Midas touch. When he gets his hands on a whisky it typically transforms into liquid gold. In this case the color was more of a deep honey with some long, healthy legs. The nose, of which I couldn’t get enough, delivered and then some. Dark orange, heat, molasses, beef jerky, parmesan, and cola. A wild ride and it all worked. One sip and I got what the doctor ordered: smoke, tobacco and chewing gum (an inexplicably fun combination), a slight numbing tingle, sweet char, and rich roasted-grains stolen from a porter (the beer, not the person who carries your bags). All this in the eventual grip of an oily, chewy heat that instead of flaming out, lingered like warming embers. Harkens back to some of the best imaged memories of a traditional whisky from the Isles, in this case the Japanese ones. Amazing.
Color: Darkcopper and orange
Nose: Strong alcohol vapors, hidden peat with a dash of smoke, leather, oranges, some tobacco
Palate: Dark fruit sweetness, tinge of peat, oily, mizunara tones (sandal wood), incense, burnt orange peels, spice, full bodied and chewy.
Finish: Long, peat and tobacco leaves.
Comments: Intense and excellent stuff. The depth of flavor is amazing. Although there are layers and layers of flavor they are not too difficult to find, they just seemed to come to me. Another winner of a whisky distilled by Akuto San. You can purchase a dram of the Five of Clubs here.