Insider knowledge: Isawa Japanese Blended Whiskey is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Japan. If distilled in America the spelling would be Isawa Japanese Blended Whisky, as opposed to whisky.
It's unusual this one, not like any whisky I have tried before. That can go one of 2 ways and unfortunately it falls on the side of bad. Earthy, spicy and metallic, with a hint of sake in there also. It didn't do it for me.
28th June 2014
This whisky is a real individual. It certainly is fragrant with floral notes, parma violets, leather and I would even say shoe polish. Under no circumstances would I say rubber though. I could neither confirm nor deny whether is smells of "tire" due to my unfamiliarity with tires, lest this whisky double as a benzodiazepine. The palate is equally soft and fragrant and I would recommend this highly to anybody looking for something different.
14th January 2014
I would rather consider it as a tire liquor or any anything else based on rubber...
6th July 2013