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.

Kura Pure Malt Aged in Rum Cask

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Helios Distillery produces a coveted 21-year-old Japanese Rum and finishes this whisky in those exceptional barrels. Absolutely, one of a kind! Little do people know that they’ve been distilling their own whisky for a while and use their rum casks to finish this unique line. An interesting addition to the world of Japanese whisky.

Kura The Malt is a completely different expressions of Japanese Whisky. The smokiness of the rum finish is unique and adds a different type of sweetness than you find in sherry aged whiskies. This little number distilled by the Helios Distillery in Okinawa is sure to delight fans of Hakushu and Yamazaki.

The Japanese peat has a lot of the same characteristics as Scottish peat, but availability is extremely limited. One of the easiest drinking peated whiskies we’ve ever featured that’s approachable yet brimming with character and finesse.

  • ABV: 40%
  • Volume: 700mL
  • Tasting Notes:
    o Nose: Toasted oak and a touch of moss, creamy lemon and soft malt.
    o Taste: Brown sugar, burnt oak again (now with a touch of earthiness to it), lime marmalade.
    o Finish: Rye bread and a touch of bitter grape