Last week I took a taste of White Oak (Eigashima) Akashi 5 year old. It showed some good promise so I was looking forward to giving its elder sibling a try.
White Oak 12 Year ~$60/500ml
Color: Medium copper, dirty yellow
Nose: Whoa…very weird and funky, rubber, a latex glove, bicycle tires, medicinal, smoke, vegetation, sharp, malt is hiding way in the back, slightest hint of mint candy
Palate: From weird on the nose to yuck on the palate, medicinal – novocaine, burnt rubber is overpowering, then moves towards gnawing on a brand new bicycle tire, smoke, bitter, pepper spice, some dark spices and alcohol burn down the gullet
Finish: Too long. Even if it was short it would be too long. Burnt rubber.
Comments: Anyone want a bottle of White Oak 12? – Chris