This latest release is a 5-year old drawn from a single Spanish oak sherry butt, yielding 1,000 bottles at 50% abv.
Nose: Dark cherries, cracked pepper, Christmas cake, marmalade, creamed corn, black currents, balsamic, some burnt twigs.
Palate: A richness that belies it’s young age. Pretty much follows the nose but adds ginger bread, sweetened tea, nutmeg, cocoa, creamed sherry and tangy orange.
Finish: Creamed sherry, peppermint, sweetened tea, tobacco, raisins and the tangy orange.
Last Word: Nicely balanced whisky with a maturity to the package beyond it’s age and the Oloroso cask finish adds richness and fullness. I’ve given this whisky to a few people to try and they have all enjoyed it.
Located just a distiller’s leap from Kobe Bay, Eigashima is the closest whisky distillery to the coast in Japan. The ocean laden air is reflected in the whisky’s savoury, saline driven purity.
Akashi is named after its hometown -- translated as the “Sun Rise City” -- where the owner’s family has been making traditional Japanese alcoholic beverages, like Nihonshu, for over three centuries.
Founded in 1888, Eigashima holds Japan’s first whisky license, issued in 1919. serious malt production did not begin until 1984, when the current copper pot stills were put into action and a focus on premium whiskies began at their “White Oak” facility. Following a program dedicated to crafting an insanely fine, super sipping whisky, they limit production to insure that quality is preeminent, making Eigashima’s Akashi one of the rarest whiskies on the planet. Treat yourself to a bottle today.
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It is not too much of an overstatement to call Takagi Shuzo one of the most influential sake breweries in the world. In 1993 fifteenth generation owner Akitsuna Takagi took over the brewery at the age of 21 when he was still a student, learning the art of brewing on the job. This was at a time when few young brewers were entering the business, and Takagi set out to make a distinctive sake, one that fruit forward and vibrant as opposed to the light and dry style that was popular at the time. The resulting brand was Juyondai, literally "fourteenth generation" in honor of Takagi's father calling attention to the long lineage of the family.
Juyondai made an immediate impact, impressing the sake world with its ripe and bold character, quickly becoming one of the most sought after sake in the world. Takagi-san's example has inspired an entire generation of younger brewers to take over their small family businesses and develop their own unique house styles without following national trends.