Sunday, April 4, 2010
Genshu Single Cask 10-year-old
Review by Nonjatta contributor - Dramtastic
"Genshu Single Cask 10-year-old (bought at the Yoichi distillery) Cask No. #408511 61%
Nose: Huge oak, huge stone fruits/stone fruit seeds, varnish, a hint of soapiness and some florals coming through with time. Then some nuttiness and smoked fish as the florals and oak get a little bigger. Sounds like it's a bit all over the place but it's a complex single cask and
I love them because of their individuality. The palate is massive, with giant hit of spice/salt infused oak and nuts. If it had had some of that lovely Yoichi peatiness in there somewhere it would have scored a point or 2 higher. The finish is long and warming and a little dry.
Note: Genshu means an alcohol that has not been diluted at bottling (cask strength). It is a word used in the sake and shochu industries but also seems to be increasingly used by Japanese whisky makers. This particular spirit was bought at the Yoichi distillery.