Kaiyo Japanese Mizunara Oak

Kaiyo Japanese Mizunara Oak

(0.75l, 43%)


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Delicate Nippon Whisky with a heart of Scotland.
 
Kaiyo (‘ocean’ in Japanese) was created by Master Blender Jeff Karlovitch, the Whisky veteran of Bunnahabhain, the parent company. Kaiyo Whisky is a unique concoction in many ways: it’s double-distilled and double-matured; it’s incredibly rare and exclusive; it spent some time traveling the seas to mature in the dynamic maritime realm of sloshing, temperature changes, and varying air pressure; and it spent some time in the highly exclusive Mizunara oak.
 
Kaiyo’s Mizunara Oak is a 86 Proof unchill filtered delight with no age statement, nor do they reveal the distillery. But that isn’t important if you’re dealing with an intriguing experiment. The maturing in Mizunara oak brings intensive flavors from this Spirit and the barrels that spent several years seafaring gave it a light and complex character with sensations that could fool us into thinking we’re sipping on one of the "Glens." It’s like an enigmatic sailor who refuses to reveal his history, simply saying "Figure me out."
  • Category
  • Style
    Japanese Mizunara Oak Whisky
  • Region
    Japan
  • Country
    Japan
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
    Not Stated
  • Age
    NAS

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honey
woody
smoky
vanilla
grassy
apple
spicy
oily
citrus
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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Light gold
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Honey and wood on the nose with hints of fresh grass, apple and vanilla.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
A mélange of spicy, fruity and smoky flavors with a citrusy background.
 
Finish
Medium finish with smoky and oily notes.

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Ratings & Reviews
Roy
Roy,
A brilliant one from Kaiyo! Enjoyed the smoke and would be interested to compare with an different Oak. I'm trying to keep it at the back of the cabinet so I don't go through it too quickly!
 
Mia
Mia,
Very nice, a great daily, semi-daily pour. The sweet taste on the Honey, Apple, and Citrus isn't overbearing, but very nice to the palate.
 
Jurgis
Jurgis,
Tobacco, ligit, but strong alchocol ans spices. Burning
 
Ross
Ross,
Fairly underwhelming for me personally, but I got the smoke/wood.
 
Huat
Huat,
This is my first time trying Kaiyo and to my surprise that it turns out to be an amazing experience! It has the smokiness character yet not overwhelming and it blends well with the sweetness from the honey and vanilla, which turns out to be a smooth drink
 
Robert
Robert,
Smooth enough for the average drinker, complex enough to stay interesting.
 
Mark
Mark,
Very nice just a little peat flavor to it easy drinker
 
Sean
Sean,
Solid
 
Michael
Michael,
I like this whisky. It has a spicy start with a honey and woody finish that sits on the palette turning to a citrus note.
 
Luis
Luis,
A mature salute to honey and caramel without being boring. Worth savouring a shot or two.
 
Shannon
Shannon,
Smells of Honey and Wood. Tastes of Honey but mostly campfire smoke. Jordan - reminds me of the smell of the old wood paneling in my house.
 
Erik
Erik,
A smooth and tasty Japaneese whisky!
 
Erik
Erik,
Ok
 
Craig
Craig,
Really liked this. Very oaky taste and not harsh at all. My first scotch I really enjoyed it
 
Jason
Jason,
A hot honey nose. Smooth and sweet the first few sips, then spice and smokiness start to build.
 
Amelia
Amelia,
Honey up front, woody, vanilla
 
Owen
Owen,
You'd be forgiven for thinking this was a scotch. I found it light and sweet on the nose with those hints of honey that they said were in it. Strong woody and smoky taste initially with aftertaste that lingers on the palate. Could be mistaken for peaty flavour but it's not. I'll be buying a bottle of this very very soon.
 
Rich
Rich,
Sting alcohol smell, smelled very strong and long finish with lots of bite.
 
Blaine
Blaine,
First smell was very strong but settled into the caramel vanilla smell after a bit. Settled very easily in the pallet finished with a slightly smoky then spicy finish that lasted awhile. Overall very tasty. Noticed the flavor wheel that cane with the sampler was totally different then the one on the app. App seemed more accurate. I’d definitely buy the bottle in the future
 
Rusty
Rusty,
Nice flavor! My first Japanese Whisky so I’ll definitely try more.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
This is my favorite Japanese Whiskey thus far. It has a smooth nutty finish that is extremely enjoyable especially after having a peated whiskey.
 
Susanna
Susanna,
I really liked this Japanese whisky. It was one of the best I have ever tastied.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is an intense Japanese Mizunara Oak Whisky that has an aromatic birth; while a complex life leads to a bold & oily death of medium length.
 
Jason
Jason,
Opens up after 15 minutes. Phenols strong on initial pour.
 
Frank
Frank,
Love it. Easy to drink.
 
Eric
Eric,
Light smoke with a clean finish. One of my go to bottles.
 
Lawrence
Lawrence,
Mild smoke. Sweet. Fruit berries with a slight spice
 
David
David,
Not bad but has a weird Smokey/peaty flavor to it that isn’t my taste
 
Jason
Jason,
Not to my taste. Leans towards a Smokey scotch.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Honey with spice at the end.
 
Jeffery
Jeffery,
Light and drinkable
 
Christopher
Christopher,
This is my first experience with mizunara and I LOVED it. Light, sweet incense and floral notes that give way to wood and smoke. Each tasting seems to ebb and flow (like the ocean waves it spent time aging on?) in the flavors of the palate that are featured, which I know can be a turn off for some, but it’s something I really enjoy in a whiskey
 
Peter
Peter,
Smoke overpowers the berries a little but overall a nice taste.
 
Juliana
Juliana,
From herbal to toasted! First tasting: wood, Cassis - SHERRY Oversea Second tasting (Mizunara): Forest Floor + porcini; dark choco + coffee Bean
 
guest
guest,
牛逼
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Mild but fragrant nose, slightly smoky on palate, then sweet, ending in citrus. Lots of flavors, easy drinking. Delicious
 
Denis
Denis,
Not my taste
 
Nakeva
Nakeva,
Although not a fan of smoky/wood, this had an interesting flavor set. Smooth throughout and allows a minute for the sweet to sneak into the picture.
 
John
John,
Almost loved this one. Not a fan of the smoky wood combo. But the way the honey blends into it is well done.
 
Kori
Kori,
Very solid
 
Cole
Cole,
Smooth, honey stands out, medium burn but doesn’t last to long. Woody little bit of citrus. Aroma is amazing
 
guest
guest,
Oaky. Simple and nice. Vanilla.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Color is a gold. Nose starts with a grassy, oily phase, followed by hints of honey and vanilla. First sip starts with a little mellow spice and smokiness, but not peat, more just a whiff of passing fire pit. This transitions to a subtle vanilla and honey middle, with a smooth mouthfeel, with faint notes of fruit. Finish is a return of the gentle spice, though only for a short time. Punches above its proof, but the finish could be longer. Overall, good, but not worth the price tag
 
Chris
Chris,
Decent choice. A little spicy but not unbalanced
 
Mike
Mike,
No thanks, Ive had better flavor from poorly made moonshine.
 
Raoul
Raoul,
Unrefined, a bit wild and imbalanced. Spicy
 
Dan
Dan,
Great whiskey. Has a genuinely smooth finish, mild flavor though.
 
Chris
Chris,
The nose was fairly heavy with alcohol, but the taste was excellent.
 
Andrea
Andrea,
Horrible Tasted like nail polish remover
 
Michael
Michael,
Floral notes smooth drinking
 
Gašper
Gašper,
Most flacoursome one I've had. So powerful it make me cry when i smell it near my eyes.absolute must try,even if its sweet,it has powerful sherry notes
 
Ivan
Ivan,
I like it, oily, oaky, sweet, not too smoky. Not very spicy, doesn't linger on the tongue for long. Another review suggested to let it roll around in your mouth for a bit, i agree.
 
Leo
Leo,
Not very smooth
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Sweet, cinnamon, clove, oak, smoke, white pepper. A bit of ice helped tone down the sweetness and bring out the oak. Not a very long finish. It’s decent, but a little too sweet for my taste.
 
Mark
Mark,
Dark honey with a solid oak flavor. Better when you roll it around a bit. Slightly sweet.
 
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