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Hanyu Ichiro's Malt 5 of Diamonds

Sweet and minty

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@Pierre_WReview by @Pierre_W

23rd Jun 2013


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  • Finish
  • Balance
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This is one of the very last expressions in Ichiro Akuto’s “Card Series”. It was distilled in 2000 and matured in a hogshead before being finished in a sherry butt. It was released in 2012.

The nose is very sweet and aromatic. At the beginning there is slight rubber, testimony to the sherry butt that this was finished in. Next come berries and sweet cheesecake. I also detected distinct notes of cinnamon. Not the kind of nose that I prefer but still rather pleasant.

The palate is medium-bodied and quite spicy. Hints of licorice are accompanied by peaches and – interestingly – eucalyptus. With water the palate becomes creamy without losing any of its spiciness.

The finish is of medium length and very, very sweet. Again there are peaches and red berries. Adding water brings out mint chocolate right at the end.

This is an unusual single malt. I liked the nose although I am not used to this kind of flavours in my whisky. The palate, too, was quite enjoyable and very well balanced, while the finish was a tad too sweet for my taste. However I am glad that I got the opportunity to taste this. Once again, many thanks for the sample, Clint A.!

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CanadianNinja commented

This is one of my favourite whiskies! I am down to just a couple more drams left in the bottle and I don't look forward to finishing it off. A fantastic whisky indeed.

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Pierre_W commented

Certainly an unusual whisky but very tasty indeed, @CanadianNinja! To be honest, though, I was rather a fan of the 7 of Spades.

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CanadianNinja commented

Can't say I've had the Seven of Spades but I have no doubt it's a great bottle of whisky!

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