Enso Japanese Whisky
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  • vanilla
  • smoky
  • spicy
  • fruit
  • caramel
  • orange
  • slightly sweet
  • grain
  • honey

Enso

Japanese Whisky (0.7l, 40%)
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A blended Whisky mystery from Japan in a lovely bottle.
 
We LOVE a good mystery. Ensō is a Japanese Whisky, but this is where the mystery deepens. Some of our regional experts and the European importers Sierra Madre GmbH have assured us all that the Whisky is blended in Kiyokawa, just west of Tokyo. The manufacturer is listed as “Kiyokawa Co. Ltd.” whose website suggests that their main business is sewing supplies. However, their corporate filings list Shanhai YK Beverage Co Ltd. And there appears to be a regional association with known Japanese-maker Kensei Whisky. But past that point the expanding veil of corporate fog swallows our research whole.
 
Driving down through the mystery surrounding this Whisky, we find ourselves at the official company statement, “The exact whereabouts of the distilleries are a well-kept secret.” Evidently it’s a quantum spirit, popping into existence through a sub-atomic entanglement of grain and yeast. What we do know is that Ensō Whisky is a blend of Whiskies distilled in pot stills and aged in American oak casks. The resulting spirits are married in Kiyokawa, Japan, — within Kanagawa Prefecture — where they are allowed to mellow a bit further before being bottled at 40% ABV. 
 
Smartass cornerEnsō translates as “circle/cycle” in Japanese and is often referenced in Zen philosophy.
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Appearance / Color
Light Mahogany
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
The nose reflects traditional aromas of vanilla and caramel with a whiff of smoke.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
The taste reflects its aging in American Oak with notes of fresh wood, baking spices, orange blossoms, and orchard fruits.
 
Finish 
Medium with a dash of spice.
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  • vanilla
  • smoky
  • spicy
  • fruit
  • caramel
  • orange
  • slightly sweet
  • grain
  • honey
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Character Dogson
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.
Japanese Single Malts, like Scotch, are double-distilled in pot stills. Grain Whiskies, on the other hand, are distilled in column stills.
Japanese Whisky is connected both to Scotch and Bourbon. It’s a Scotch-style Spirit that’s matured in climates similar to Kentucky’s.
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!
The two biggest Whisky producers in Japan are Nikka and Suntory, major rivals.
Japan is the second biggest producer of Single Malt Whisky in the world.
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Character Dogson
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.
Japanese Single Malts, like Scotch, are double-distilled in pot stills. Grain Whiskies, on the other hand, are distilled in column stills.
Japanese Whisky is connected both to Scotch and Bourbon. It’s a Scotch-style Spirit that’s matured in climates similar to Kentucky’s.
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!
The two biggest Whisky producers in Japan are Nikka and Suntory, major rivals.
Japan is the second biggest producer of Single Malt Whisky in the world.
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