Japanese Whisky

For a non-regular whisky drinker, the difference between Japanese and other whiskies might not be obvious, though typically, they are slightly lighter. But even if you’re an advanced whisky drinker, it wouldn’t go amiss to explore the unique world of Japanese whisky.

The main feature of the Japanese whisky business is the smattering of small companies that make whiskies on the side and sell them locally. The Japanese call these bottles “ji-whisky” (meaning local whisky.) They tend not to be comparable to the larger makers in quality but can nevertheless be charming in their own right.

Akashi White Oak Blue Japanese Whisky

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White Oak Akashi was founded in 1888 on the site of Eigashima in the city of Akashi. White Oak distillery was the first in Japan to obtain the license of distilled spirits in 1919 and according to legend would consequently be the first to distil whisky. Production remained traditional and reserved for the Japanese market until 1984 with the construction of a new distillery specially dedicated to the distillation of whisky. Located near the sea, and the city of Kobe, the distillery is enjoying a mild and stable climate. Forbes Magazine: “Top 10 Japanese Whiskies to Try Now. “White Oak Akashi – an easy to drink blend with chocolate, honey, and fruit flavours.”

  • ABV: 40%
  • Volume: 700mL
  • Tasting Notes:
    o Nose: Fruity, slightly sweet, vanilla.
    o Taste: Fresh, spice, oak, hints of peat.
    o Finish: Medium, spicy, sweet.
    o Age: 7 years