Nose: Tangerines intertwine with sweet spring blossoms before yielding to freshly-dug earth, and hushed myrrh and styrax. Flowers repeat undercut and enhanced by the earthy quality - wet moss emerges from the undergrowth. Hewn trees warmed by the sun and lovely perfumes linger.
Palate: Age does not deplete the force of this potent dram. Spiced orange chocolates and rich oak pervade with savoury dark sugars covering the mouth. Well-balanced throughout, it stands up well to water. Softer balance reveals itself as the alcohol is soothed by the water.
Finish: Long, lingering, pleasantly drying, and gently spicy. A dram that will live in memory, not just for the rarity, but for the flavour.
Overall: Capturing the essence of the Japanese value of harmony, this whisky truly provides an exceptional experience across all senses and is far-and-away extraordinary.