Miyagikyo 1996/2014 SMWS 124.4
Like with whisky from every other Japanese distillery, finding an affordable single cask of Miyagikyo is next to impossible. The only reason I can review this bottling from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society is because a while back I traded for this sample (thanks Edwin). This has matured in a first fill Pedro Ximenez sherry butt, and it shows!
By the way, this is my final post before a much needed two week vacation. I figured I’d leave you with a cracker of a dram to tide you over till my next post, which won’t be till August 1st. Hope I’ll see you then!
Miyagikyo 1996/2014 (60%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, C#124.4)
Nose: Lots of really dark sherry notes. I don’t often comment on the colour of a whisky, but this rivals the darkness of a Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask. Prunes, figs and plums. Quite savoury also. Some varnish, as well as leather and tobacco. A little bit of burnt rubber, but I like it.
Taste: Rich and nutty with lots of licorice, leather and raisins. Can’t help but compare this to the several Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask’s I’ve tried. This is much better balanced. Cherries and treacle as well, with a hint of sulphur adding a little more depth, making it of added value in this case.
Finish: Lots of spices (cloves and nutmeg). Ending on a sweet, dark red fruits. Loooong!
This might be too much sherry for some, and I usually prefer a more subtle approach too, but this is simply too good. Wonderful stuff!
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.