Shimai World Blended, 54%

Price: $250 Issue: Spring 2023 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

This is online retailer dekanta’s second world whisky. It comprises 20 year old blended-atbirth scotch—the now-banned practice of blending new make before maturation—and two Japanese single malts. Pecan, chocolate mousse, prune, apple pie, clove, ginger, vanilla extract, polished oak, preserved strawberries, peel oils, and singed oak aromas take time to unfurl. Flavors of malt, chocolate, and coffee lead to red berries, cherry, pepper, gingersnap, baked apple, cinnamon, brown sugar, quince jelly, and Brazil nut.