Single malt whisky - tasting notes

12 Jan 2013

Whisky bar: Oishii

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * Bars

Oishii HasseltOishii is not a bar per se but a New Style Japanese restaurant in Hasselt, Belgium (they originated in Germany where they also have a branch). Apart from high-quality (but slightly expensive) food, they also have an extensive list of Japanese whiskies available, all supplied by our Belgian importer / retailer The Nectar. They were probably also responsible for the excellent menu with concise tasting notes.

Among the cheapest options are a few blends like Hibiki 12 (€ 11) and Nikka All Malt (€ 9) or standard expressions like Yoichi 10 (€ 11). At the high end there’s the great Yoichi 20 (€ 34) and several Hanyu expressions (€ 26 to € 40).

Quite remarkably, there were several (unopened) Karuizawa bottles in a cabinet right at the entrance, but these are not mentioned in the menu. The chef’s personal collection? Or just a display by the distributor? Anyway I didn’t ask as the standard list was interesting enough.

Also strange is that while the menu mentions prices for 2,5cl and 5cl drams, I wasn’t asked for my preferred size, I was charged 5 cl and what’s more, I swear I got less than that amount. Not so nice. The glass was okay, a Nikka-branded tulip shape without stem. No ice, no water either.

Location: Zuivelmarkt 21, Hasselt
Range: +/- 40, only Japanese
Price: € 9 to € 40 (for 5cl)

What I’ve had: Nikka Miyagikyo 15 years (€ 17)

Pros: wide Japanese selection, excellent menu with tasting notes
Cons: no Karuizawa on the menu, slightly dubious charging policy

Whisky bar: Oishii 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-01-12
  • Fons

    € 9 for Nikka All Malt is just ridiculous though.

  • WhiskyNotes

    True, and for these cheaper bottles they don’t offer a 2,5cl option.

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