Kaiyo Mizunara Aged Cask Strength Japanese Malt Whisky

Kaiyo Mizunara Aged Cask Strength Japanese Malt Whisky

(0.75l, 53% )


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$94.99
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A more exuberant and amped-up cousin of a very graceful Japanese Whisky.

The Land of the Rising Sun discovered Whisky late in the 19th Century and they follow the tradition of Scottish distilling with their own nuances. But while Scotch is a wild battle of flavors, Japanese Whisky is a crystalline Spirit that doesn’t mess around. Especially when it's is matured in Mizunara oak barrels. Mizunara oak is to Whiskies what oud is to perfumes: exclusive, expensive and marvelous, passing along exotic flavors of incense and sandalwood to the Spirit.

Japanese Whisky is very popular right now and thus limited. That leads to "malternatives," where producers import and dilute Scotch Whisky and age it in Japanese wood. But Kaiyo Mizunara Whisky is as Japanese as Godzilla on a TV game show where the furniture is made of chocolate. Okay, that's a tiny lie, to be frank. This Whisky doesn't spend its entire maturing period in Japan. The Kaiyo casks are whisked on a boat and left to age somewhere on the ocean (Kaiyo means ocean!). The reason is that the intensity of the Mizunara oak influence on the flavor wains a bit after a while, so the Spirit needs a maritime boost. Which is admittedly... Badass.

Now this Funanori (Japanese for sailor with some fun in it) is a stronger and more intense version of the regular Kaiyo Mizunara Oak Japanese Whisky. In essence, the producers amped up all the good things of the original: notes of orange peel and oak spices greet you with riotous bravado, the sandalwood and vanilla stoutly indulge your palate, while the finish is riveted and oaky. Fans of fearless Whiskies will love this dramatic and fierce Spirit that takes the equilibrium of the standard edition and brings it to the next level. 
  • Category
  • Style
    Japanese Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Japan
  • Country
    Japan
  • Alcohol
    53%
  • Distillery
    Kaiyo Distillery
  • Age
    NAS
  • Maturation
    Mizunara Oak

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vanilla
oak
cherry
tropical fruits
salty
caramel
spicy
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orange peel
What does Kaiyo Mizunara Aged Cask Strength Japanese Malt Whisky taste like?

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The two biggest Whisky producers in Japan and major rivals are Nikka and Suntory.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Deep gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Tropical fruits, Mizunara oak, spices. 

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Spices, oak, vanilla, wild cherries, salty. 

Finish
Long, toffee

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Ratings & Reviews
Adam
Adam,
big flavour off it
 
Sean
Sean,
First mizunara and it didn’t disappoint- bit of a sweet finish but smooth
 
guest
guest,
Japanese Mizunara oak, cask strength, unchill filtered... All the fancy things into one package, but doesn't smell and taste that good. Not bad, but not that impressive.
 
Jay
Jay,
fantastic taste. Goes down super smooth. Very new to good whisky but this is my favorite so far.
 
Sei-IS
Sei-IS,
Plums... a big hit of plums after a subtle nose of fruits and oak sets you up for fruity taste that lingers slightly before a slight saltiness makes you realize that this is a great tasting experience. For me, the vanilla and toffee come on the finish and tease your tongue with burnt toffee faintly fading away setting you up for the next hit of plums on the next sip. A touch of water adds a smoothness unexpected in a cask strength which confirms the Two drams in one bottle theory
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Nice hit of vanilla upfront with cherries and caramel finishing with a little bit of spice.
 
Amber
Amber,
It’s not a bad blended whiskey.
 
Jerome
Jerome,
KAMIKI Malt whiskey is aged in Cedar casks and has a very deep and intense wood flavor. This is a unique flavor and excellent spirit to enjoy. (KAMIKI didn't show up in your selection list so I choose something close, Kaiyo).
 
Matt
Matt,
Quite easy to drink with nice flavors and great balance. Starts out with a nice woody note combined with vanilla and a hint of butterscotch on the nose. Great mouth feel with layers or wood, banana, cream, and a bit of spice for balance. A warm and long finish with orange peel, some mild spice, and rounded out with a dollop of cream. Comfortable and very enjoyable, like meeting up with a close friend.
 
Chris
Chris,
I
 
arne
arne,
Nice balance, nothing gimmicky, slight sweet finish
 
Antti
Antti,
It is an outstanding, intense, Cask Strength Japanese Malt Whisky that has an aromatic birth; while a bold & salty life leads to a long & warming death with notes of orange peel & toffee.
 
Liz
Liz,
Sweet notes come out with a drop of water. Oily citrus served neat. vanilla nose with subtle woodiness
 
Todd
Todd,
Smooth almost too easy to drink. Light on flavor. This is listed as cask strength, but 43% is not really a cask strength in my book
Ryan
Ryan,
You sure you're not reviewing the non-cask strength Kaiyo (with the black label), which is 43%? The cask strength is 53% and is much better than its little brother, in my opinion.
Stephen
Stephen,
Smooth, a little on the sweet side but not overwhelming. Reasonable, would definitely drink again.
 
Matt
Matt,
The smokiness overwhelms a lot of the other flavors.
 
Angela
Angela,
Smooth, hint of sweetness, and a little bit of smoke at the finish.
 
Zachary
Zachary,
Smooth but not a lot of personality.
 
John
John,
Very smooth for its strength. Nicely sweet and fruity. Loved it!
 
Burton
Burton,
This is a pleasant easy drinker featuring a fruity vanilla presentation. Most people would enjoy this, but it won't astound you. Very nice though.
 
Stefanie
Stefanie,
Nothing to get excited about but I would gift this to someone. Very smooth. Mild taste and smell. Slightly sweet vanilla
 
Alex
Alex,
Fantastic! The vanilla and oak comes together with a hint of spice and fruit. A must try!
 
Robert
Robert,
All I can taste is rubbing alcohol
 
Mark
Mark,
Floral, light, aftertastes is a bit strong.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Nose is sweet woodie, palate is hints of fruit and some floral notes
 
guest
guest,
Thought it maybe worth a try but Hong Kong sourcing makes it dubious without a tasting seminar in Honolulu HI.
 
guest
guest,
This thing has ridges. So good
 
guest
guest,
Very fantastic Japanese whiskey for the price. The taste of the mizunara oak cask is very unique and has a unbelievable flavor. Spicy, oaky, and orange zest at first. Finish is a deep syrup and burnt caramel. Grab a bottle if you see it!
 
Joshua
Joshua,
The company producing this whisky is from Hong Kong, where the whisky is sourced is questionable, is not a product of Japan just because you bottle it using a Japanese Word and Japanese Oak. Taste is terrible, it tastes cheap, young and industrial. Don’t fall for this product trying to ride the coattails of Japanese Whisky and buy an Actual Japanese Whisky: Taketsuru N/A is $55!
Dustin
Dustin,
Found it to be pretty good in ginger beer,good points on the source!
Arne
Arne,
Japan has more or less no rules what is |\japanese whisky. You never know what;s in the bottle
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