Mercian Ootori (the malt in this whisky came from Karuizawa distillery). Aged 15 years. 40 per cent alcohol. Nose: A rich succulent bouquet. A big bunch of bananas, vanilla, walnuts, oranges, firm grain and fresh cut timber. Sounds sweet. It is! Palate: Smooth and creamy; mashed bananas, more orange, sweet lemon and the same firm grain. Finish: Fairly short but smooth, with nutmeg, orange chocolate and continuing the flavors from the palate.