This year we have seen a flourish of Japanese whiskies hit the market, in particular a handful of expressions from Venture Whisky. In coming time, as early as this weekend to be precise (Saturday 7th); we will once again have the pleasure of witnessing the hype surrounding yet another bottling from Ichiro-san. Ichiro’s second new blend The Malt & Grain Premium “Black Label”, the sequel to the fairly affordable and recent Malt & Grain “White Label”, will soon hit the shelves of many a retailer and add to the forever growing portfolio of arguably Japan’s most influential figure of recent times. Official sales of the blend, which consists of genshu malt from ten distilleries and top quality grain from three grain distilleries, will commence at the beginning of this month. WSJ (Wine & Spirits Japan), who run the whisky corner at Hankyu, Umeda, will have several bottles of this premium blend, which will retail for yet again, an affordable price of 5,000 yen. If a full bottle purchase is not in your alley, they will also be selling the blend in 100ml decanters (roughly only two bottles, so until stocks last), like they often kindly do. The “Black Label”, which has an ABV of 50% and bottle volume of 700ml, is said to have aromas of vanilla sugar confectionary, rich burnt toffee with top notes reminiscent of ripe fruit, and a long oily finish.
Photo courtesy of WSJ