About Kurayoshi 8 Year Old Sherry Cask Pure Malt Whisky
Situated in the Tottori Prefecture, northwest of the city of Kyoto on the shores of the Japan sea, Matsui Shuzou was founded in 1910. A coastal prefecture in southern Honshu known for its sand dunes, the Tottori prefecture is a wilderness packed with lush vegetation, rugged coastlines, rivers and lakes, characterized by its delicious, fresh ground water.
Kurayoshi whiskies have signature mellow characteristics and an overall smooth flavor profile. A whisky that truly embodies the meaning of the name Kurayoshi: the city of water and green. Tottori is also very well-known for its soft mineral water and abundance of nature. Over 14% of the total land area of the prefecture is designated as a Natural Park.
Matsui Shuzo is both a sake brewery and shochu distillery. Kurayoshi is a 100% malted barley whisky, sourced from distilleries around Scotland, before making their way to Japan, where it is blended with Japanese whisky, aged and cut to proof with the soft ground waters of Tottori Prefecture.
This 8-year-old whisky is aged with the underground waters of Daisen Mountains in carefully selected sherry casks, yielding rich aromas with deep flavors. This sherry malt is characterized by bright fruits such as pear and raisins. Its time in sherry casks lends a warmth to the whisky, offset by a beautifully refreshing fragrance.
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About Japanese Whisky
Although maybe not be the first Spirit you would think of when Japan is mentioned; the Japanese make one of the best types of whisky in the world. It’s heavily influenced by scotch but with smoother and delicate notes.
The history of the Japanese whisky is not even a century old, but in this short time, the Japanese blended and single malts have taken over the world by storm and can easily go against their whisk(e)y counterparts from across the globe.
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