Obaba: "After a thousand years of darkness, he will come, clad in blue and surrounded by fields of gold to restore mankind's connection of the Earth that was destroyed."
Nausicaä: "And he will guide the people of this planet at last to a land of purity."
Hmmmm... surprisingly smoke-forward, which burns up into a sort of brooding white peppery cloud and then almost completely fades away by the time the other flavors are finished. Charred barrel with the smoked malt? Oh yes. Underneath that smoke is a sort of lemon zest - that doesn't last long. But what does take its sweet time is that Granny Smith apple flesh - the flesh mind you, the pulp, with no tang of the skin. Granny Smith applesauce? Sure, with some spices sprinkled on top :-)
Where's the bourbon? Wait for it... wait for it. THERE it is. In fact, the whole ensemble of flavors kind of packages itself into that last, bourbony moment, almost like shoving all of your spent Christmas wrapping into a small, simple paper bag. There's that signature buttery biscuit, but it's almost like you dropped the biscuit into grapefruit juice or something - a notable tang. May not be the most complex finish, but man, the first two parts were IN-CRE-DI-BLE.
Best enjoyed to the soundtrack of Joe Hisaishi. If you haven't clicked that link above, pour yourself a dram already, because now's the time. Make sure you've got plenty of volume and some hi-fi stuff to play it through. This whisky is positively the best thing to come out of Japan since Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind :-) Hard to find, but even harder to beat. Let your imagination run wild.