Nose: Serges of strawberries & cream chewy lollies (Allens), mandarine zest, gingerbread, white chocolate, flat sarsaparilla.
Taste: Salty licorice, sarsaparilla, black forrest cake, slight peppermint.
Finish: Short and dry; but with an unusual,medium keyed, prolonged, gum numbing aniseed mouthfeel.
Balance: Nothing overly complex about this malt. Simple, a bit flat, always waiting for a change to come.
Comment: This is my third tasting but the first to accompany notes. This malt is intriguing. I seem to capture something different every time. There is always a note on the tip of my tongue which I can't pinpoint, making me go back for more. My personal preference out of the two no age statement malts from Nikka would have to be the Miyagikyo.
Reviewed by Clint A