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The ImpEx Collection impartial bottlings of whiskey and rum launched with a lot fanfare (no less than for us) final 12 months, and now the gathering is increasing to supply its first Japanese whisky. This 17 12 months previous grain whisky comes from an undisclosed distillery — therefore the title — and is comprised of koji rice and barley.
It’s a really uncommon spirit, aggressively candy in the best way that many single grain Scotch whiskies are, and with an fringe of kerosene lending a sharpness to the spirit. Notes of lime leaf and burnt toffee add some distinctive — and disparate — aromas with time in glass. On the palate, the grain whiskeyness of the expertise comes extra into focus, very candy up entrance with notes of melted butterscotch candies and canned fruit salad, then almond butter and a punch of darkish chocolate. There’s lots taking place right here, and it doesn’t all the time gel, the end providing some pencil lead grit and a reprise of previous fruit laced with molasses. It’s overly sharp and slightly oxidized in the long run, however the journey to get there has quite a lot of moments of quiet pleasure.
B / $280 / impexbev.com
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