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So this was the last bottle I tasted (or that I have notes for, at least) on the Nikka stand. My writing has grown more spidery, and my taste buds seem to have reached the ability to discern great whisky, but not necessarily anything more useful.
However, I know I like this stuff.
My notes start with "Holy wow" on the nose. The same fresh forest smells with some wood polish as with the Taketsuru 17yr, but fresher, more lemony, grassier. Then damp mushroom (I love this smell), sea salt, and hints of peatier underflows.
My notes run out here. I have "B" for Body and "F" for Finish, but I seem to remember enjoying the whisky too much and talking to the guy on the stand. But it's not hard to see that the Japanese are on top form once again.