Nikka Masterclass i Collector Room.
During the Whisky Live Singapore 2014 I participated in one Masterclass, which I had to sign up with the purchase of the ticket. The organizers tried to make as many people would choose a Masterclass, hence the participation in several of them was not possible.
You could choose from:
- Trade masterclass
- Rum appreciation debate
- Johnie Walker from farmer to global Scotch icon
- Nikka masterclass
- GlenDronach masterclass
- Pernod Ricard Boutique Malts
- Glenfiddich Solera Deconstruction
- Monkey Shoulder Cocktail Craft
I would go gladly to all of them, but this was not possible. I was never on classes about Japanese whisky, so the choice fell on Nikka. Masterclass was hosted by Emiko Kaji Global Brand Ambassador. First, she told the story of Masataka Tatetsuru and history of whisky in Japan. Then we moved on to study composition and tasting of Taketsuru NAS, 17 years old and 21 years old. This year 12 year old version, which I described on the blog, has been replaced by the NAS (no age statement). Overall, Taketsuru is a very pleasant pure malt.
At Whisky Live Singapore 2014 as in Paris collector room was organized. It offered a set of older and more rare single malts. I tried a few of them. Below are my basic tasting experiences. I have also scored (more or less) tried whiskies and I am very curious how I will find them tasting next time in the other circumstances.
I started with the Taliskera 25 years old, cask strength 54,8% ABV, bottled in 2009 in the number of 5862 pieces, refill casks.
N: smoked fish, a little bit of ash and traces of campfire, after a while apples come,
T: strongly sparkles on the tongue, there is peat but quite calm, a lot of ash, apple and lemon,
F: long with ash.
Score: approx. 88.
Next Karuizawa 1979/2014, cask strength 58,8% ABV, ex-bourbon cask.
N: sweet with vanilla and honey, hard candy, even liquorish,
T: very sweet, sparking, with hard candy and lots of red fruits,
F: long liqurish.
Karuizawa, as usual, very good, but for my taste a little too liquorish.
Score: approx. 89.
I also tempted to the bottling of La Maison du Whisky, Bowmore 1974 as Artist#2 Range bottled in 2012, so we have 38 years old, cask strength 51,8% ABV. Matured in hogshead.
N: grilled seafood, grilled oysters, then ash and extinguished fireplace, soft smoke, even a little floral, something like lavender,
T: sparks because of 51.8% ABV, a little peat, ash, lots of fruits, oranges, grapefruits, tangerines,
F: long with grapefruit.
Score: approx. 90.
At the end I left Oban 21 years old, cask strength 58,5% ABV.
N: dried apricots, dried plums, plums in chocolate, peach, even a bit of smoke,
T: many flavors at once, a real explosion of red fruits, plums, apricots, peaches,
F: long fruity.
Score up to 90.
The real surprise on the nose, but also very good in taste.
In the Long Bar, where the collector room was located, an exhibition of Leica photography was also organized. I was able to have a nice talk with the author.
See you at the next festival!