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.
Kujira Single Grain 20 Y.O.
Founded in 1952, Kumesen Syuzo started on distilling alcoholic beverages, unique to Okinawa islands of Japan, also known as Ryuku islands. Then around 1989, this innovative distillery started to age them in oak barrels, creating a unique kind of ji-whisky in its own category, thus named it the Ryukyu Whisky. With 20 years maturing in bourbon casks, Kujira as a single grain whisky provides a wonderful taste profile that has distinguished itself from its malt counterparts and creates a refreshing choice for spirits lovers.
- ABV: 43%
- Volume: 700mL
- Tasting Notes:
o Nose: Herbs, various plum fruits hint, prune, mint candy.
o Palate: Balanced light body, sweet, vanilla, spice, smoky woodiness.
o Finish: Japanese pepper, medium finish
o Age: 20 years