JAPANESE WHISKY

Having long produced alcohol, principally from rice, the Japanese first discover whisky in 1853 with the arrival of American Commodore Matthew Perry in Tokyo Bay. At the end of the 19th Century, several Japanese companies already attempt to produce this spirit, but the first trials made from rice or corn ar unsuccessful.

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Nikka Distillery

 

Nika from the Barrel 51.4% alc. vol.

A blend of Miyagiko and Yochi single malts with a unique grain whisky. Nikka from the Barrel embodies the expertise of the Nikka master blenders. Intense and generous, powerful yet controlled, this ambitious high strength blend is recognized for its originality. It captures the senses. It imposes its own style.

Style: Rich and Intense.

Nose: Complex, fruity, spicy.

Palate: Powerful, ripe peach, candy apple.

Finish: Oak and vanilla notes.

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Nikka Distillery

 

Nikka Blended Whisky, 40% alc. vol.

The Nikka Blended Whisky offers a purely seductive expression in the typical Japanese style. Smooth and intensely fruity, it establishes itself as the most accessible of the Nikka blends.

 

Style: Fresh and fruity.

Nose: Reminiscent of spring.

Palate: Soft, pear, citrus fruit.

Finish: Fresh and precise. 

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Nikka Distillery

 

Nika Coffey Malt 45% alc. vol.

The Nikka Coffey Malt is the result of a unique distillation process in "Coffey" type column stills, which are normally used for grain whisky production. This rare 100% malt bottling offers a surprisingly texture with deep oaky notes.

 

Style: Rich and oaky.

Nose: Citrus, pear and latte coffee.

Palate: Hazelnut chocolate, rum pastry and vanilla cream.

Finish: Plum and liquorice.

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Nikka Distillery

 

Nika Coffey Grain Malt 45% alc. vol.

An essential component of the house blends, the Nikka Coffey Grain is an original single grain whisky, distilled mainly from corn in a Coffey still. Exotic, fruity and unique, it is meant for the connoisseur in search of an unconventional whisky.

 

Style: Smooth and fruity.

Nose: Exotic fruits, citrus, floral.

Palate: Ripe fruits, rum (banana) and caramel.

Finish: Pear and bourbon vanilla.

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Nikka Distillery

 

Nika Pure Malt Black 43% alc. vol.

With its subtle balance of fruit and refined peat notes, the Nikka Pure MAlt Black offers a rare complexity. Its aromatic depth is the result of a selection of very different whiskies, combining the fruity elegance of the Miyagikyo malts, and the smokier notes typical of Yoichi.

 

Style: Smoky and spicy

Nose: Spices, smoke and dark chocolate.

Palate: Lively with liquorice and soft peat.

Finish: Savory spices, ash.

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Yamazaki Distillery

 

The Yamazaki 12 years old, 43% alc. vol.

Succulent with soft fruit.

Japan’s premier single malt with a delicate and elegant taste that makes it a superbly drinkable whisky with layers of complex aromas. It continues to capture the hearts of whisky lovers the world over.

Nose: Peach, pineapple, grapefruit, clove, candied orange, vanilla, Mizunara (Japanese oak)

Palate: coconut, cranberry, butter

Finish: sweet ginger, cinnamon, long finish.

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kurayoshi Distillery

 

The Matsui Sakura Cask, 48% alc. vol.

The Matsui Sakura Cask is a whiskey distilled in the Japanese prefecture of Tottori and matured in cherry wood barrels, which is brought to drinking strength with spring water from the Mount Daisen volcano.

 

TASTING NOTES

THE MATSUI SAKURA CASK is a SINGLE MALT WHISKEY distilled and aged in Japan. It smells pleasantly of malt and freshly distilled whiskey. On the palate it shows a subtle, fine aroma of sweet cherry blossoms and a long finish.

 

ABOUT THE PRODUCER

The traditional brewery MATSUI SHUZO, founded in 1910 and located on the Japanese island of Honshu, for a long time only sold sake and shochu - Japanese rice wine and brandy. The basic spirits for the whiskeys, which have enjoyed great popularity for some time, are distilled and matured in Japan or imported from Scotland and refined on site, depending on the line. MATSUI SHUZO's products are only available in limited quantities.