Ichiro 's Malt Wine Wood Reserve is an unusual malt vatted as it is composed of Chichibu, Hanyu but also Scottish single malt. This rare expression has aged in barrels that have contained red wine before being refined in ovum barrels, which are French oak barrels shaped in Charentes by the Best Workers of France team Taransaud.
When you have four inches of makeup in the face, it's probably a sign that it's hiding an ass face. It's a bit like the nose of this whiskey, drowned in the wine cask beefy and not subtle and sugar. On the nose, avalanche of red fruits, mixed spices of sugar, dark chocolate stuffed with orange, a little licoreux and not subtle on the influence of the used barrels. What surprises in the mouth is the strength of the notes of crushed black pepper, ginger and spices, bent with notes of red fruits and wild fruits, orange pods, big purple grapes. There is an off-key somewhere in the mouth, a little something in the wine cask. The finish is super spicy and pepper, relatively long, fruity without subtlety, with a return on a spicy-sweet mixture a little disorienting. A whiskey showing great ambiguity, sometimes difficult to follow but also with beautiful flavors and aromas.
Well, my expectations were high, so yes, I'm disappointed. A rather mono-dimensional whiskey, which will be ideal for those who love wine more than whiskey! But for lovers of whiskey, we will iron ... I also tried the experience with friends who just prefer wine to whiskey, and they loved their drama! Nose: Fragrance marked by a beautiful sweet and fruity red wine, with a touch of caramel and vanilla. Palate: Very intense warm wine, burnt oak, burnt caramel and spicy vanilla. Finale: Of a beautiful length, marked by the burned wood.