I don’t know how some of you do it – the prolific, relentless whisky reviews and blogging. It’s impressive dedication and I only wish I had such drive. However, I’m lazy and this is a hobby, but even my laziness has limits. Given I am now working from home, and in between mundane tasks such as re-watching The Wire, staring vacantly at the garden, and walking the dog, I’ve moved to my living room-cum-office (thank god for hyphens) to rattle off a quickfire review of some middle-of-the-road whiskies that I recently finished.
Since I’ve been at home the whiskies in the cabinet have taken quite the battering with the first victims being the bottles with little left or those deemed as disposable during the current lockdown.
Today’s review is Suntory Kakubin, bought from an online auction for £25 many moons ago and which has sat in the darkened recess of the drinks cabinet for too long. This is the White Label release (there’s also a Yellow Label), bottled at a watery 40%, and containing malt whisky from Yamazaki and Hakushu.
Kakubin means Square Bottle and, as you can clearly see evidenced from the below photo, the marks on the bottle are modelled on a turtle. Clearly.
It’s an easy-drinker. Light on the nose, sweet in the mouth, and a faint breeze of a finish. Over in seconds, as my girlfriend says. You could probably put an horrendous dent in a bottle without realising, but it lacks any real character, so much so that only the usual, oft-repeated descriptions could ever apply: vanilla, caramel, sweet, light etc et al blah blah, but for someone such as myself with limited vocabulary that’s probably a good thing.
The thing is, it’s not particularly bad, it’s just bland. I’d score it even less if it was like paint stripper, so I’m not even going to faff about with scoring across 3 criteria on this occasion, purely because it’s one of the most insipid whiskies I have tried – although it is marketed as being ‘perfect for a Highball’, so maybe that plays a part.
I’m just going to give it a solid, even 10/30 and move on.