Nose: This is all about the cedar wood. The wood influence from the finishing period is very pungent and overshadows everything at first. Underneath a thin note of butterscotch fights to get noticed. There’s also a pine note and a tiny amount of percieved peatiness in the back. A veil of menthol sits on top of the wood. A vanilla note comes through after some time in the glass making it a bit more agreeable.
Mouth: It starts out spicy and dusty. It’s quite sweet and some fruitiness like red apples and mulled wine is coming through. Soon the cedar wood takes over again. It’s bitter and very unorthodox for a note found in whisky. It makes the whole thing very perfumey and it’s not a pleasant flavour.
Finish: The dustiness and spicyness is flaring up again and they are quite nice. They soon get overpowdered by the cedar wood again. The fruitiness and the vanilla manages to get through somewhere in the middle but it soon turns over to the perfumey and bitter cedar once again. This is a weird whisky and I really don’t know what to make of it. It’s a dram in a wooden cup in a woodshop.
This is a blend which contains whisky from Japan, but also from the rest of the world. It’s not stated from where and which distilleries. The japanese part probably comes from Helios distillery. It’s finished in japanese cedar (Yoshino-Sugi) casks. No information is given about the first maturation part. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.