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Ohishi Distillery Whisky (Brandy Cask)
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The Whiskey Advocate 93
"This dark dram is distilled from malted and unmalted rice along the Kuma river in Hitoyoshi. The nose is redolent of stewed prunes, raisins, plum wine, and walnut, with a palate of treacle, molasses, burnt sugar, licorice, prune, dark fruits, mocha, praline, and nuttier elements. Skillfully, it never veers into bitterness. This should rock the boat for those who love a huge sherried-style whisky. (506 bottles) Jonny McCormick"

Ohishi Distillery was founded in ... read more
Item ID: #23941
Shelf at store:30g
Size: 750mL (liquor)

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The Whiskey Advocate 93
"This dark dram is distilled from malted and unmalted rice along the Kuma river in Hitoyoshi. The nose is redolent of stewed prunes, raisins, plum wine, and walnut, with a palate of treacle, molasses, burnt sugar, licorice, prune, dark fruits, mocha, praline, and nuttier elements. Skillfully, it never veers into bitterness. This should rock the boat for those who love a huge sherried-style whisky. (506 bottles) Jonny McCormick"

Ohishi Distillery was founded in 1872, located in the Southwest of Japan, in a beautifully mountainous and scenic countryside. Ohishi sits near the tiny village of Mizukami, and is the closest distillery to the source of the Kuma River, one of the fastest flowing rivers in all of Japan, renowned and prized for its superior water quality. Ohishi has been a family business for five generations, primarily known for its sake & shochu production.

Ohishi Whisky is distilled entirely from rice and aged in either Brandy or Sherry Casks. In order to ensure the quality of the spirit, the Master Distiller utilizes 30 estate grown grain for distillation, with the remaining 70 of rice (Mochi) coming from the surrounding Kumamoto prefecture. Weeds in the estate rice paddies are controlled, by the employment of koi fish to swim about the grass and nibble the invasive plants. Varieties of estate-grown rice include Hino hikari, Mori no kuma-san, Yamada Nishiki, Gohyakumanishi (5 million stones) and Gin no Sato. Because of the rices efficient and subsequent clean fermentation, Ohishi uses a pot still made from stainless steel, as opposed to copper.

The Brandy & Sherry cask aging and bottling unfiltered, puts Ohishis distillates into an unprecedented category within Japanese law. Because they are made from rice (as opposed to malted barley), the Japanese do not call them whisky and because they are bottled with age (hence not clear in color) they are not considered shochu. For these same reasons, Ohishis spirits qualify as whiskey in America, something we are very thankful for! From the raw material, to the process, to the aroma and flavor profile, Ohishi carries weight with the most skeptical whisky drinker. It is worth mentioning the rice is becoming more popular as a whiskey grain, most recently seen on a large scale by the release of Jim Beams Brown Rice Bourbon.

Bottom line, Ohishi is one of the most exciting whiskies and overall spirits to hit NY this year! As the game goes, the insatiable demand and lack of supply surrounding the big name Japanese whiskies can drive one to a state of nausea. Shelves are increasingly sparse and age statements continue disappear with each rerelease. Whiskies like Ohishi and Fukano are poised to fill the gap and supply the demand, backing it up with a base derived from a culturally significant Japanese grain, and a resulting spirit that ABSOLUTELY rings true.

Tasting Notes:
Ohishi Brandy Cask Aged Whisky is gold in color with a straw lip. The nose is sweet and warming at the same time. On the palate, Ohishi offers flavors of candied orange, white flowers, light caramel, fennel and baking spice. It is medium bodied and oily in texture, with a long, velvety finish. 41.6 abv

Ohishi Distillery

Ohishi DistilleryOhishi Distillery was founded in 1872, located in the Southwest of Japan, in a beautifully mountainous and scenic countryside. Ohishi sits near the tiny village of Mizukami, and is the closest distillery to the source of the Kuma River, one of the fastest flowing rivers in all of Japan, renowned and prized for its superior water quality. Ohishi has been a family business for five generations, primarily known for its sake & shochu production.

Ohishi Whisky is distilled entirely from rice and aged in either Brandy or Sherry Casks. In order to ensure the quality of the spirit, the Master Distiller utilizes 30% estate grown grain for distillation, with the remaining 70% of rice (Mochi) coming from the surrounding Kumamoto prefecture. Weeds in the estate rice paddies are controlled, by the employment of koi fish to swim about the grass and nibble the invasive plants. Varieties of estate-grown rice include Hino hikari, Mori no kuma-san, Yamada Nishiki, Gohyakumanishi (5 million stones) and Gin no Sato. Because of the rice's efficient and subsequent clean fermentation, Ohishi uses a pot still made from stainless steel, as opposed to copper.

The Brandy & Sherry cask aging and bottling unfiltered, puts Ohishi's distillates into an unprecedented category within Japanese law. Because they are made from rice (as opposed to malted barley), the Japanese do not call them "whisky" and because they are bottled with age (hence not clear in color) they are not considered shochu. For these same reasons, Ohishi's spirits qualify as whiskey in America, something we are very thankful for! From the raw material, to the process, to the aroma and flavor profile, Ohishi carries weight with the most skeptical whisky drinker.

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