Until this point, I'd only sampled Japanese whiskey once and I don't know what I had the last time. This time, I was given a generous pour of this deep copper whiskey. It smells like black cherry, well, black cherries in a campfire. You know before you drink that there will be a lot going on in this whiskey. On the tongue there's a little bit of everything in awkward proportions: black cherry, raisin and plum up front and smoke in the middle. There's relatively little bite and it finishes smooth with faint smoke and fruit flavors.
Reading that description now, even I wonder what is not to like about this, but the blending of these flavors just wasn't quite right to me.
C: copper gold
N: dark cherry, rich smokiness, a lot going on
T: sweet, deep smoke in back, no bite
F: smooth, faint smoke, fruit