It tends to polarise opinion, but if you’re enamoured with Jim Bean Red Stag, doubtless you won’t hear a bad word said about. Ignore the dissenters as you enjoy the natural cherry flavour from this cute little miniature.
This bottling marks the 150th anniversary, of the Jack Daniels Distillery the oldest registered distillery in the United States. A special 43% vol edition to commemorate this auspicious occasion.
Nose: Quite herbaceous. Green fruit, mint, cucumber, pine, grassy, spearmint. Just loads of green fruit in this one. Palate: Loads of green things coming out of here! Mint, cucumber, green fruit, grapefruit and just a touch of smoke at the back. Dave Broom got yuzu…I’ve never heard of yuzu… 70cl / 43%
Bright, clear medium amber colour; on the nose are notes of dried apricot, caramel, custard, green peppercorn and hay; on the palate it is medium bodied and warming, with flavours of white pepper, burnt sugar, dried white flower and vanilla that finishes clean with a lingering herbal spice.
'Yamazaki 12 year Old is a pioneering malt in Japan, for which Suntory deserve great credit. In its early days, it was rounded and delicate...now it is more intense, confident and elegant. 8/10' Michael Jackson, Whisky Magazine, Oct 2002
A bottle of Yamazaki Puncheon from the 2013 Cask Collection, the final year of the series. Aged in 480 litre oak Puncheon, this is a rich and sweet Japanese whisky, but one that is elegant due to the slightly slower ageing caused by the smaller spirit to wood ratio.
Nose: Light and grassy and slightly stony to start. In time there’s sweet persimmon and nut.Palate: Pure and very clean. Sweet lime, green fruits then a hint of smoke and a buttery meadow sweet/chamomile note. Light to the point of fragility.Finish: Honey, lemon and a little ginger.Comment: Delicacy to the fore. A breakfast dram if there were ever one.