Hatozaki Small Batch Blended Malt, 46%

Price: $59 Issue: Winter 2019 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

This blended malt has stronger color and flavors than Hatozaki Finest, with scents of marzipan, orange sherbet, lime rind, apricot Danish pastry, and delicate wood spices. The palate keeps a focus on vanilla fudge and spice, but doesn't really take you on a journey. There's creamy vanilla, a slow burner of peppercorn, a little fudge, and honey for sure, but the anticipated fruitiness never really arrives.