Even the most ardent fans of Japanese whisky would be forgiven not to have heard of the Matsui distillery. Located in Tottori, a coastal prefecture on southern Honshu mostly known for its sand dunes, it is also the location of Matsui Breweries, which makes traditional Japanese sake and shochu, as well as whisky. This bottle, the Kurayoshi 12 Year Old Pure malt Whisky is one of the finest things this distillery has produced. We were quite impressed with this new offering, and we bet that you will be as well. And as far as we know, we are the only shop outside of Japan to stock it.
The Kurayoshi Pure Malt 12 Year Old Whisky Tasting Notes
Nose: The aromas have alight fruit notes with malt and spice.
Palate: Smooth and soft with good sweetness and winter spice.
Finish: Finish is long, spicy, and smooth.
Matsui is historically known in Japan as both a sake brewery and shochu distillery. While the juice in Kurayoshi is 100% malted barley, the spirits themselves have been sourced from distilleries around Scotland before making their journey to Japan.