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Cocktails & Spirits

Japanese whisky question

tokyopix | May 5, 201206:59 AM     23

I don't know much about whisky/scotch/whiskey. Mostly just what I read. I have only tried maybe half a dozen sips in my life. I always think it smells great but tastes too harsh. I cannot tell you if any of those sips were of anything anyone would consider "good", but I know they weren't rot gut. Anyway, that's to let you know I am very new to this item.

Tonight I had a sip and it was the first time I thought I could really drink the whole (tiny) glass. It was called The Hakushu Single Malt Whisky Sherry Cask 2012. It was served neat in a little snifter-looking glass, but smaller and taller. I've read several threads here about water opening it up and wanted to try that, but it wasn't my drink and I was also afraid to order my own with ice in case that was a definite no go or something.

I walked around the bar afterwards looking at all the bottles and saw many I've seen discussed here. What I am wondering is, given that this is the first one I liked straight away, what other styles might I like? Does anyone who loves whisk(e)y know how this one would compare to the various styles of Scotch?

I guess what I"m saying is, since this was essentially my first whisky, I don't know if it was peaty, smokey, fresh, iodine-y, dry....etc., etc. So I don't know what else I might try, if that makes sense.

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