Distilled: 2009 - Bottled: 2012 - Age: 3 year-old - ABV: 50.5 - Outturn: 5000 bottles - Bottle: 1873
Nose: Tame with only a very small hint of delinquency. Reasonably subtle in the peat department, but nothing resembling a 3-year-old whisky that's for sure - marvelous stuff. Pork crackling, newly rich plant soil, fermented yeast, semi-dried Kombu (kelp), lightly toasted oak, and whiffs of diesel and coal smoke. I'm detecting petroluem jelly? Interestingly a sweet characteristic becomes in play over time - shy but present in the background: plain, dry chocolate log cake (without sweet icing) and smoked bananas.
Taste: Nothing deliquent here. Tarry with lemon pepper, herbs, and a moderate spicy zing (krazy Salt). Smoked diced ham, charred potato skins baked in an ashy fireplace, a mouthful of diesel smoke and inhaled air released from a bike tyre tube (in a very good sense).
Finish: Pretty consistent with the palate in my opinion - moderate but cheekily lingering with an extra touch of that toasted oak and cool mint Listerine, or is it PK chewing gum?
Comment: I quite enjoyed this. I've tried it on a few occasions but finally parted with my own money and secured a bottle. I've been looking for something a bit different of late and this cracker of a 3 year-old has done it for me. I'm confident, like many of Ichiro's bottlings, the aromas and flavour profile will change over time - most likely becoming greater.
Reviewed by Clint A