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What started out as a nice date with a pleasant friend, soon dwindled & became disheartening! The nose actually started floral and turned slightly sweet & citrusy w/alcohol lingering; nice way to set the pace, Nippon friend. The palate started slightly oily, non-descript, slight anise & spice, pleasant once again, a nice date w/ a girl that you feel won't embarrass you (but nothing special either). Then you wait for the casual conversation & kiss on the finish of the dram... and what starts as average ends up with a long, lingering burnt tobacco, really a cigarette taste, from an old filter, that has been passed around by a dozen hippies who never brush their teeth (and I speak from experience back in '77). The tobacco doesn't hit you for about 1-2 minutes into the finish... and then it gets stronger... definitely ashtray. Another taste on the palate temporarily hides the finish, but then it returns again, blooming even! There is no hiding this one. I tried my best to appreciate the uniqueness, but frankly, I can't. To those of you who disagree... I respect you. This is one whisky that I feel has VERY limited appeal with even less to appreciate.