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Malt Nuts: Suntory Deconstructions

Malt Nuts: Suntory Deconstructions

  Recently the Malt Nuts gathered to sip on single malts and single grains as Suntory’s Johnny The Scot walked us through the component parts of the Hibiki Harmony and the Toki. Whiskies we’ve all had plenty of, but none of us have ever had the opportunity to taste the individual pieces of what goes… Continue!

Ohishi Kaito’s Cask Review

Ohishi Kaito’s Cask Review

Ohishi Kaito’s Cask is another sherried whisky from the Ohishi distillery and comes from a single sherry cask hand selected by Chris Udhe of GRC to celebrate the birth of his son Kaito Uhde. And Chris definitely knows how to pick ‘em so when I heard about it coming out I had to get my hands on a… Continue!

Fukano Sherry Cask Review

Fukano Sherry Cask Review

Fukano Sherry Cask is a game changer for me when it comes to the Fukano lineup. GRC brings in two different brands of Japanese Rice Whiskey – Ohishi and Fukano; of the the two I almost always prefer Ohishi’s elegant complexity to Fukano’s more rice driven delivery… until this came along. A combination of 3… Continue!

Ohishi Islay Cask Finish Review

Ohishi Islay Cask Finish Review

Ohishi Islay Cask Finish started out life as two ex-Brandy casks which were fully matured over several years before being transferred to a cask that previously held an Islay whisky. By which they mean it previously held a heavily peated whisky, the exact distillery the cask came from was never released, but that’s not overly… Continue!

Ohishi Tokubetsu Reserve Review

Ohishi Tokubetsu Reserve Review

Ohishi Tokubetsu Reserve is the first ultra-premium release from Ohishi and it is, in a word, awesome. The Tokubetsu Reserve is a blend of first-fill sherry casks that encompass nearly three different decades of distillation. 29% of the whisky comes from 27-year-old casks, 35% comes from 10-year-old casks and 36% comes from 7-year-old casks. This… Continue!

Ohishi Wing Hop Fung Cask Review

Ohishi Wing Hop Fung Cask Review

Ohishi Wing Hop Fung cask is a private bottling for the renowned Wing Hop Fung retail store started in Los Angeles in 1985. Specializing in “Asian products” they’re far more known for their wide array of high quality herbs, teas and ginsengs than they are for whisky. Though if you ever visit there’s no way… Continue!

SCWC Ohishi and Fukano Tasting

SCWC Ohishi and Fukano Tasting

I’ve covered the Ohishi and Fukano whiskies here on TWJ a bit and I’ve veen written an article about them for Malibu magazine. I think they’re interesting, unique and carry a level of nuanced flavors and aromas not readily found in other whiskies due to its all rice mashbill. In short, I’m a fan and being… Continue!

Yoichi 10 Year Review

Yoichi 10 Year Review

Yoichi 10 Year is no longer available, but I figured it’s worth reviewing for the same reason dusties and single barrels are. Bottles are still floating around, the secondary market is thriving and… it’s fun. Honestly though it’s mostly about that last one. In Yoichi’s Words: Yoichi 10 Year “Of Nikka’s two malt whisky distilleries, Yoichi… Continue!

White Oak Akashi Single Malt Review

White Oak Akashi Single Malt Review

White Oak Akashi Single Malt is the malt component of the Akashi blend and like the blend it’s aged in a combination of barrels. Though the single malt is all aged between 4-7 years. It’s one of the newer Japanese single malts on the market and joins the ranks of the current explosion of NAS… Continue!

Togouchi Blended Japanese Review

Togouchi Blended Japanese Review

Togouchi Blended Japanese whisky is know as the “naturalized Japanese Whisky” because they import already distilled single malt whisky from Scotland and grain whisky from Canada. They then go through an undisclosed process to “naturalize” the whisky so that it can be called Japanese Whisky. Then they make their blends. In Togouchi’s Words: Togouchi Blended… Continue!

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