AMAHAGAN World Malt Edition No.2 Wine Wood Finish

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AMAHAGAN World Malt Edition No.2 is a Japanese blended malt whisky finished in red wine casks at the Nagahama Distillery. It offers a fruity aroma with hints of malt and a taste that balances malt sweetness with red wine fruitiness and a refreshing orange peel finish. This 47% ABV whisky showcases the blending and cask finishing techniques of the Nagahama Distillery.

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AMAHAGAN World Malt Edition No.2 Wine Wood Finish Bottling Note

AMAHAGAN World Malt Edition No.2 Wine Wood Finish is a Japanese blended malt whisky crafted by the Nagahama Distillery, one of the smallest distilleries in Japan established in November 2016. This expression is part of their AMAHAGAN World Malt Edition series that focuses on the art of blending, a crucial step in creating exceptional whisky.

The AMAHAGAN World Malt Edition No.2 undergoes a unique finishing process. After the initial maturation period in traditional casks, the whisky is further aged in red wine casks. This imparts a distinct influence on the final flavor profile. The visual appearance is described as a radiant amber color, hinting at the rich depths of flavor within.

On the nose, the whisky presents a delightful interplay of aromas. Delicate malt notes mingle with refreshing hints of muscat and tropical fruits, creating a very fruity top layer. This is complemented by the mellow, full-bodied fragrance derived from the wine casks. Additionally, the influence of sherry casks adds a layer of complexity, making the aroma profile intriguing and multifaceted.

The taste is said to be a harmonious balance between the characteristic malty sweetness of Nagahama whisky and the subtle influence of the red wine finish. A distinct grainy sweetness pervades the palate, balanced by a pleasant astringency that keeps the overall character lively. Hints of raisin and berry, reminiscent of the red wine cask, emerge alongside the malt, creating a delightful textural experience. As the whisky finishes, a refreshing note of orange peel lingers, adding a touch of brightness to the lingering aftertaste.

The AMAHAGAN World Malt Edition No.2 Red Wine Wood Finish is bottled at 47% alcohol by volume (ABV) and comes in a standard 700ml bottle size. This expression is a testament to Nagahama Distillery’s dedication to innovation and their pursuit of creating unique and flavorful whisky through the art of blending and cask finishing.

Tasting note

Nose: The initial aromas are a delightful dance of sweet malt and vibrant fruit. Delicate notes of honeyed barley mingle with bursts of muscat and tropical fruits, creating a light and inviting introduction. As you delve deeper, a mellower layer emerges, revealing the influence of the wine casks. Hints of red berries and plums intertwine with a touch of dark chocolate, adding depth and complexity. A subtle whisper of sherry peeks through, adding a touch of spice and intrigue.

Palate: The first sip confirms the delightful interplay hinted at on the nose. A wave of malty sweetness washes over the palate, carrying hints of vanilla and honey. This is quickly complemented by the subtle yet distinct influence of the red wine finish. Flavors of raisin and dried cherry emerge, adding a pleasant fruitiness that lingers alongside the malt. A gentle astringency keeps the overall character lively, preventing the sweetness from becoming cloying.

Finish: As the whisky fades, the fruit notes take center stage. A wave of orange peel tingles on the tongue, leaving a refreshing brightness that lingers long after the last sip. Hints of spice, reminiscent of the sherry cask influence, also linger, adding a touch of warmth to the aftertaste.

Overall: The AMAHAGAN World Malt Edition No.2 Wine Wood Finish is a testament to the art of blending. It achieves a beautiful balance between the classic malty character of Nagahama whisky and the intriguing complexities introduced by the red wine cask finish. The refreshing fruit notes and lingering spice make it a truly captivating dram, perfect for sipping and savoring.

AMAHAGAN World Malt Edition No.2 Wine Wood Finish Details

Name AMAHAGAN World Malt Edition No.2 Wine Wood Finish
Distillery/Brand Nagahama Distillery
Style Blended Malt Whisky
Region Japan
Age No Age Statement (NAS)
Cask Type Matured in traditional casks, finished in red wine casks (possibly ex-red wine)
Volume 700ml
Alcohol 47% ABV
Released Around 2019
Availability May vary depending on location.

Additional information

Weight 2.0 kg

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