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Below are 1 through 19 of the 19 found. |Find-a-Spirit|

96 • Suntory The Yamazaki 18 Year Old Single Malt Whisky $188.
Deep amber copper color. Rich aromas of sautéed almonds, suede, figs, honeyed cereal, and milk chocolate with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, spice, grains, and earth layered finish. Impressive with great sherried wood character. (tasted on May-22-2013)
95 • Nikka "Miyagikyo" 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky $109.99.
Gold color. Medicinal aromas of grilled lemon, banana and papaya, conditioned leather and lacquer, praline, and sassafras with an oily, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long creme brulee, honeyed dried bananas, exotic spices, and sandalwood finish. A complex and intricate whisky with lots of tropical fruit, spice, and oak tones. (tasted on May-27-2015)
94 • Nikka Yoichi Single Malt 15 Year Old Japanese Whisky $129.99.
Amber color. Rich roasted walnut, mocha, maple sugar and vanilla bean aromas with silky fruity medium-to-full body and a very nutty, peppery spice, chalk, smoky tobacco, and roasted grain driven finish. A hearty masculine dram that will go great with cigars. (tasted on May-22-2013)
94 • Nikka "Taketsuru" Pure Malt Whisky $69.99.
Bright gold color. Lively, attractive aromas of leather, cedar, sautéed almonds, and raisins with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, long dried fruits, minerals, honeyed tea, and salted caramelized nuts finish. A superb and evolving whisky for thoughtful contemplative sipping. (tasted on May-05-2015)
93 • Kirishima Shuzo Shiro Kirishima Honkaku Imo Shochu $8/900ml. Best Buy.
Brilliant clear color. Bright, interesting, complex aromas of pickled cucumbers, garlic and radishes, sautéed almonds and exotic mushrooms, sherry flor, and sea water with a silky, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, delightful, medium-length ramps, minted melon, pepper, and delicate spices finish. A complex and nuanced shochu with intriguing savoriness. (tasted on Oct-21-2015)
92 • Suntory The Yamazaki 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky $60.
Golden amber color. Aromas of buttercream, dried fruit, plantain, and pound cake with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling peppery spice, grain, fig and mineral driven finish. Very smooth and somewhat reminiscent of an Irish whisky. (tasted on May-22-2013)
92 • Suntory The Hakushu 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky $60.
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed raisin toast and spicy nougat with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, mouthwatering peppery spice and mineral accented finish. An appetizing whisky. (tasted on May-22-2013)
92 • Miyazaki Honten Honkaku Mugi-Shochu "Kusu" $30.
Clear. Earthy aromas of kidd leather, flax, yeasty fruit pastry dough, and bison grass with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a soft, waxy rice paper and radish finish. Very clean and precisely etched flavors. (tasted on Jul-11-2013)
92 • Kirishima Shuzo Aka Kirishima Honkaku Imo Shochu $10/900ml. Best Buy.
Pale clear color. Bright, inviting aromas of dried tropical fruits, cherry-mango relish, white chocolate mint, and pickled melon with a satiny, lively, dryish medium body and a warming, distinctive, medium-long honeyed cashew, rice milk, delicate peppery spices, and alpine herbs finish. A nicely crafted shochu with delicate minty spice and herb notes. (tasted on Oct-21-2015)
91 • Kirishima Shuzo Kuro Kirishima Honkaku Imo Shochu $8/900ml. Best Buy.
Minutely hazy clear color. Bright, nutty aromas of exotic mixed nuts, unbuttered popcorn, straw, and white peppercorn with a satiny, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, engaging, breezy cashew fruit, Asian pear custard, pepper, and tobacco finish. A dry, nicely layered and captivating shochu. (tasted on Oct-21-2015)
90 • Satsuma Shuzo Honkaku Shochu "Makurazaki" $29/720 ml.
Clear color. Interesting aromas of white balsamic vinegar, roasted chestnuts, and marinated mushrooms with a silky, soft, dry light body and a tingling, interesting, easy bamboo and faint spice finish. An interesting savory shochu with a nice streak of umami. (tasted on Oct-10-2014)
90 • Kirishima Shuzo Akane Kirishima Honkaku Imo Shochu $10/900ml. Best Buy.
Bright clear color. Delicate, sweet, fruity perfumed aromas of tropical fruit punch taffy, orange sherbet and blossoms, cherry gum, and nut brittle with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, interesting, relaxed papayas in sweet cream, cream of wheat, peppery spice, and honeyed starfruit and kiwi finish. A delicious and lively shochu with lots of pleasure producing fruitiness for cocktails. (tasted on Oct-21-2015)
89 • Miyazaki Honten Honkaku Kome-Shochu "Toki No Kokuin" $30.
Faint silver straw green color. Aromas of yeasty fruit cake, powdered sugar, balsa, and pepper dust with a dry, silky light-to-medium body and a grain husk, whipped cream, anise, and nutshell finish. Not unlike a very light and mild aged Irish whisky. (tasted on Jul-11-2013)
89 • Satsuma Shuzo Honkaku Shochu "Sakura Shiranami" $18/900 ml. Best Buy.
Clear color. Lively aromas and flavors of pickled okra, smoked paprika, roasted nuts, and sausage with a silky, soft, dryish light body and a tingling, refreshing, breezy finish with notes of cream, minerals, forest herbs, and mint paste. A stylish and layered shochu. (tasted on Oct-10-2014)
88 • Satsuma Shuzo Satsuma Shochu "Kuro Shiranami" $18/900 ml. Best Buy.
Clear color. Lively aromas of fig bread, exotic nuts, delicate spice, and molasses with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, peppery spice, ginger root, and radish finish. (tasted on Oct-10-2014)
88 • Kirishima Shuzo "Ho" Green Label Honkaku Shochu $8/720ml. Best Buy.
Medium slivery straw color. Rich, oaky, spicy aromas of brown spices, cedar bark, roasted nuts, and peppercorns with a silky, racy, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, long caramel milk, oak, peppery radishes, and ginseng mint gum finish. A nice oak aged, Canadian whisky-like shochu, that will be fun to mix with. (tasted on Oct-21-2015)
86 • Gekkeikan Bizan Barley Shochu $24.99/720 ml.
Clear color. Faint yeasty aromas and flavors of pastry dough, starfruit, and putty with a soft, soft, dryish light body and a tingling, breezy finish with accents of mineral water, radish sprout, and pear skin. A sassy, stylish shochu. (tasted on Oct-10-2014)
86 • Gekkeikan Bizan Sweet Potato Shochu $24.99/720 ml.
Clear color. Bright aromas and flavors of marinated mushrooms and spiced nuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, crisp finish with touches of starfruit, pepper, and soy milk. A delicious and vibrant shochu. (tasted on Oct-10-2014)
83 • TY KU Soju $21.99.
Clear. Mild aromas suggest brewer's yeast, wet rice paper, and and salt water taffy with a very soft, light body and a sweet cream, peppered jicama and river water finish. Very underpowered, even for the category. (tasted on Nov-19-2013)


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