Review by Nonjatta contributor - Dramtastic:
The Owner's Cask For Shinanoya; Yamazaki Bota Corta. Distilled 1999/Bottled 2008. 56 per cent alcohol.
Nose: Marmalade, fruit cake, malt, oak, menthol, brown sugar. Sounds sweet but there is a bitter element as well. Water enhances the menthol and oak.
Palate: Cherry ripes. Blackcurrant jubes, menthol, nutmeg, brown sugar, bitter oak, marzipan. Water brings out a lot of hot chili spice.
Finish: Long, but a little unbalanced and on the bitter side.
General comment: Water helps balance this somewhat, adding milk chocolate and blackcurrant that fades to menthol. I like this more some days than others.