Monday, February 13, 2012

Ichiro's Malt Ten of Diamonds Celebration

It seems like yesterday when I decided to turn my personal experiences and passion for Japanese whisky into a readable format for everyone to experience. This entry marks a personal milestone as Whiskies R Us celebrates its hundredth post. In honor of this milestone, I would like to thank you and fellow bloggers for all the support and compliments. The journey has certainly been an adventure and I look forward to continuing this journey and sharing my experiences with all of you who share the enthusiasm. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate this milestone than to have a dram, the question was which dram, especially since it is a mark of celebration. While considering which dram to consume for the occasion I was lucky enough to obtain Ichiro’s malt Ten of Diamonds from the famed card series. So here we go….

Distilled: 1990 - Distillery: Hanyu - Bottled: 2011 - Released: 2012 - Age: 21 years-old - First cask type: hogshead - Second cask type: American oak puncheon - Cask number: 527 - Number of bottles: 585 - ABV: 54.9%

Nose: An assortment of fresh and dried fruits; figs, prunes, and strawberries. Vanilla marshmallows, caramel éclairs, and mixed Vietnamese fruit chips: dragon fruit, jackfruit, yams, and pineapple. Amongst the array of sweetness an unusual distant background note kept lurking; latter on in the dram I associated this with prosciutto.

Taste: Smooth and silky yet light. Flamed grilled egg plant, a hint of mint, pineapple chips, and a measure of fennel and subtle spice.

Finish: In my opinion extremely short, but certainly pleasant. Initially there is a layer of clean spice with delayed waves of mint tea and pineapple juice which creep in.

Comment: Although initially the malt did not display any characteristics of smoke, once consumed and the empty glass sat for 5 minutes it displayed aromas of fresh wood chips and cottages. I’d like to hope that this might suggest smoke may become present on the nose gradually through consumption. This expression, along with Ichiro's other new releases, was supplied to selected retail establishments in small quantities. 

Reviewed by Clint A

Image courtesy of Rakuten


  1. Congrats on 100, your blog is a great resource and a good read. keep up the postings

  2. Brian.......I really wish you would stop calling me Chris!!!!!! It's Clint :)

  3. Yeh I actually thought about it an hour later. Teach me to post at 5.30 am.
    Anyway, well done Clint as well ;)

  4. Hi Clint, belated congratulations from me as well. I am checking out your blog every day. Looking forward to the next 100 posts.

  5. Thank you for the kind words Pierre, I look forward to writing the next 100 posts.