Named after Thomas Blake Glover, a Scotsman who did big things in Japan 100 years ago, this is the younger (much cheaper) blend that accompanies the 22 year old. The 22 year old contains over 60% 22 year old Hanyu and sold for over £1000. This one contains Japanese whisky of some kind, and also Scotch (Longmorn and Glen Garioch if it matches the 22). I don’t know what and how much, but it sold for about £100, and sold out on pre-order as far as I can tell.
Nose - Dusty and bright as you approach it (the Scotch), then deep toffee fruit, coffee and petrol when it reaches you (the Japanese). Glacé cherry, some sulphur, then quite a lot of smoke - burning bay leaves and hay.
Body - Beautifully balanced cereal smoke, boiled sweets, foam bananas and toffee. Some wood polish and fig rolls behind that sherbet lemon peat. Quite chewy.
Finish - Medium to short, well blended toffee and peat. That cereal peat lingers, with black pepper and sesame crisps. Deliciously sweet with a surprisingly big hit of smoke that just catches.
This is a strikingly good blend that's very moreish and hits back with some peat, but I'm not sure about the price.