Ohishi Whisky, at the moment, is a single cask product made in Japan from rice and is essentially an uncut barrel aged shochu like Kikori and Fukano. Ohishi Whisky is made at the Ohishi distillery in Kumamoto Japan on the banks of the Kuma River. Founded in 1872, Ohishi grows 30%+ of the gohyakumanishi rice… Continue!
Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky is named after the style of still used to create this whiskey and with it’s 95% corn mashbill it could have been labeled as bourbon… if it were distilled in the USA and aged in new charred oak barrels (among other requirements). Distilled at the Miyagikyo distillery, Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky… Continue!
Hibiki Harmony is Suntory’s response to their whisky shortage. Made of the same combination of Yamazaki malt, Hakashu malt and Chita grain as Hibiki 12, the Hibiki Harmony is a no age statement (NAS), presumably younger, version of the famous blend and was pushed out to the market as stores of older whisky dwindled. The… Continue!
Hibiki 12 is a blended whisky from the Japanese company Suntory and is a blend of Suntory’s Yamazaki and Hakushu single malts. Being a blend it also contains a grain whisky from their Chita distillery. The whiskies start aging in ex-bourbon barrels, but at some point the liquid spends time maturing in plum liqueur barrels. I can’t… Continue!
Alas poor Yoichi 15 I knew thee kinda well, but now you’re gone. I’ve had a few glasses of you at the bar, I’ve had you at tastings and then there was the afternoon this review stems from where a friend brought this bottle of you over and I took notes over several glasses. I… Continue!
The Taketsuru line from Nikka is not a single malt, but a pure malt. This is the same thing as a vatted malt or blended malt whisky in Scotland where they take 2 or more single malts and blend them together but do not add any grain whisky to the mix. Just a blending of… Continue!
The main aspect I keep coming back to about this whisky is how sweet it becomes the more you drink it. This is probably due to it being aged in both ex-bourbon and Spanish sherry casks in addition to Japaense oak casks. The first glass was great but progressing through the second one it began… Continue!