UPDATE!! 2020-09-17 ** We got a reader complaint that this is not a Suntory but a product of San Foods. Which explains why I couldn’t find any links for it. But their SEO must be pretty bad for me to have searched the name of the whisky and not found anything useful.
Anyway, consider this corrected and go check the product page. ** END UPDATE
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:
Dan – very floral, light nutmeg, almond, amaretto, cherry
Simon – light cherries, bookbinding
Goran – dried fruits, citrus
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
Dan – medium, slightly spicy
Simon – spicy honey, shorter
Goran – short, light hints of earthy
Dan – much milder basically only light melon
Simon – disappears to apple/honey
Goran – nicer with splash, opens a lot
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.