Nirasaki Blended Japanese Whisky with Dan & Goran

Happy New Year! To celebrate: Nirasaki Blended Japanese Whisky. I won’t bother rehashing the story of Japanese whisky (check past posts), except to say that Japanese whisky is largely either Nikka or Suntory. So far we’ve loved Nikkas and have not taken to Suntories, and this is a Suntory.

But it was also $40 at the airport in Calgary, and availability is always favourable. And this ended up being a fantastic example of the form – flavourful but calm, a highly drinkable whisky. Here’s what we thought:

nose
Dan – very floral, light nutmeg, almond, amaretto, cherry
Simon – light cherries, bookbinding
Goran – dried fruits, citrus

neat
Dan – very reserved, lightly citrus, oaky/mild must, cantaloupe
Simon – starts a little spicy to sweet, subtle, simple, smooth
Goran – interesting, airy, kind of light

finish
Dan – medium, slightly spicy
Simon – spicy honey, shorter
Goran – short, light hints of earthy

splash
Dan – much milder basically only light melon
Simon – disappears to apple/honey
Goran – nicer with splash, opens a lot

overall
Dan – 8.5/10        9.1/10 for a Japanese      9/10 for a blend
Simon – 8/10        7/10                                     8/10
Goran – 7/10

Nirasaki Blended Japanese Whisky – 40% 700ml – $40.00 – Japan

Try it? Yes. Buy it? Yes.

One thought on “Nirasaki Blended Japanese Whisky with Dan & Goran

  1. Habia oido hablar de calidad inmejorable de los Whiskies Japoneses, pero el precio en Mallorca es caro y no lo veia claro, hoy estoy en Taiwan concretamente en Kaohsiung, lo he comprado y me a encantado, enhorabuena, delicioso whiskie.

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