Makoto Single Grain 23 Year Old Japanese Whisky
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  • cinnamon
  • lemon
  • candy
  • sweet
  • caramel
  • ginger
  • spicy
  • butter
  • woody

Bushido Series Whisky

Makoto Single Grain 23 Year Old Japanese Whisky (0.75l, 42%)
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Super limited 23 year old Japanese Whisky embodying the honesty of the samurai.

Chances are you've already stumbled upon the term "Bushido", for which this series of Japanese Whiskies is named. It roughly translates to "The Way of the Warrior" and is most often used in regard to the code of the samurai. It typically honors 7 virtues and Bushido Series Whisky has taken it upon themselves to practice the very same 7 ideals, each one reflected in a corresponding bottle. This way they are paying homage to rich Japanese tradition as well as having enough wiggle room to show exactly how much the Japanese Whisky masters have to offer. The ones that have thus far been released are a blast — which should come as no surprise, since they are distilled in the famous Kumesen Distillery from Okinawa.

While acknowledging their Scottish inspiration, these guys aim to bring age statement Japanese Whisky back with a bang and have so far been knocking it out of the park, with plenty of awards to show for it. The Land of the Rising Sun has a specific edge — and not just that of the katana — their water is a crystal clear base and their colder winters and warmer summers result in a quicker and deeper maturation. Then there's the Japanese people, known for their lifelong pursuit of perfection. We'd be hard pressed to find a better home for a proper Whisky to grow up in.

"Makoto" means "honesty and sincerity" and is one of the 7 virtues of the samurai. Doing and speaking are the same action for a warrior. They don’t need to give their word nor promise — what they say is as good as done. Not a bad guideline to follow today as well and definitely one that would make the whole world a better place. And a perfect virtue for Makoto Single Grain 23YO Japanese Whisky, aged in ex-Bourbon casks to embody. Nothing left to add but "cheers", or as our Japanese brethren would say: Kanpai! 
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Appearance / Color
Mahogany

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Ginger and spice with a distant buttery caramel and woody notes.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Dark chocolate with a dash of cinnamon, lemon candy, sweet melted caramel.

Finish
Heavy sweetness with long-lasting notes of licorice.
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  • cinnamon
  • lemon
  • candy
  • sweet
  • caramel
  • ginger
  • spicy
  • butter
  • woody
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The two biggest Whisky producers in Japan and major rivals are Nikka and Suntory.
Japanese Single Malts, like Scotch, are double-distilled in pot stills. Grain Whiskies, on the other hand, are distilled in column stills.
It's not uncommon for Japanese Whisky to be aged in mizunara (Japanese oak) casks. Suntory conducted a research on how mizunara oak influences Whisky flavor and found out it adds coconut notes to it.
The Highball brought Japanese Whisky back to life. Aside from some attention from overseas, Japanese Whisky consumption domestically was very low during the better part of the early 2000s. It wasn’t until 2008, when Suntory launched the Highball campaign featuring their Kakubin Whisky that things kicked off.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
In recent years, Japanese Whiskies have won several top prizes at the World Whisky Awards and have consistently scored higher than Scotch Whiskies in blind tastings. Talk about a student surpassing the master!
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
The two biggest Whisky producers in Japan and major rivals are Nikka and Suntory.
Japanese Single Malts, like Scotch, are double-distilled in pot stills. Grain Whiskies, on the other hand, are distilled in column stills.
It's not uncommon for Japanese Whisky to be aged in mizunara (Japanese oak) casks. Suntory conducted a research on how mizunara oak influences Whisky flavor and found out it adds coconut notes to it.
The Highball brought Japanese Whisky back to life. Aside from some attention from overseas, Japanese Whisky consumption domestically was very low during the better part of the early 2000s. It wasn’t until 2008, when Suntory launched the Highball campaign featuring their Kakubin Whisky that things kicked off.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
In recent years, Japanese Whiskies have won several top prizes at the World Whisky Awards and have consistently scored higher than Scotch Whiskies in blind tastings. Talk about a student surpassing the master!
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