Single malt whisky - tasting notes

03 Nov 2011

Ootori 15 years

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in * Blends

Ootori is a Japanese blended whisky produced by Mercian Corporation, the owner of Karuizawa (malt) and Kawasaki (grain) distilleries. The bottle and its golden packaging are very similar to the (non-related) Hibiki blend.

 

Ootori 15 yearsOotori 15 yo (40%, OB, 66 cl.)

Nose: malty and biscuity. Plenty of vanilla cake. Green banana. Coconut. Some hay. Sweet with big grain notes but also a volcanic / spicy / flinty hint of Karuizawa malt. Mouth: light, a bit strange, sweet and mineral, creamy and slightly harsh at the same time. Shows malty notes and some fruits (oranges and the light coconut / banana combo again). Finish: quite short with some vanilla and chocolate.

Certainly enjoyable, but at times the grain and malt components seem to fight each other rather than… well… blend. Interesting but too expensive for what it is. Around € 75.

Score: 80/100

Ootori 15 years 2.5 Ruben Luyten 2011-11-03
  • Charlie

    You might want to try Hibiki 21yo, because I would like to know your opinion on it. :-)

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    I tried it. Much more sophisticated than this Ootori and one of the best blends I know. Although at that price, I would probably buy a single malt or a Black Bull 30yo or Black Bull Special Reserve.

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