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."
Nice colour, natural light gold. Nose has... vodka? More than anything else. First sip is salty, but there’s actually no taste? Like at all. It feels like a heavy alcohol in the mouth, really smooth etc. but there’s absolutely no taste to be observed. Second sip has something in the beginning but it passes quick and there’s just tingling sensation of salt left. Very confusing, is this supposed to be like this? I’ll let this rest for a while and try it another time and let’s see if I can find something then or not.
Really well balanced, with enough complexity to keep it interesting without being challenging. Enjoyed over a large cube.
Nicely rounded. Plays with a lot of taste buds.
Very drinkable citrus and vanilla with a just shy of boring nose but makes up for it with an oaky finish that’s sweet - but not too sweet
Not a bad drink. The small bite tends to linger on the tongue long after.
Smooth and enjoyable
No smell, sweetness and lightness up front that gets more intense and Smokey, with a light citrusy finish
Light Whisky and easily drinkable. Goes well with Spicy food
Spicy taste and lingering in finish is appreciated, not very forceful. Would welcome more vibrant smell.
Very interesting whisky, not had anything like it before. Very smooth at first then once you swallow the spice kicks in, good long linger on the palate so overall a good one to have in the collection. Interesting story behind it also which makes it a good one for whisky evenings
Nothing special. Acceptable. Worse than any decent single malt scotch.
Not my style
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!
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.
Tobacco, ligit, but strong alchocol ans spices. Burning
Fairly underwhelming for me personally, but I got the smoke/wood.
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
Smooth enough for the average drinker, complex enough to stay interesting.
Very nice just a little peat flavor to it easy drinker
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.
A mature salute to honey and caramel without being boring. Worth savouring a shot or two.
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.
A smooth and tasty Japaneese whisky!
Really liked this. Very oaky taste and not harsh at all. My first scotch I really enjoyed it
A hot honey nose. Smooth and sweet the first few sips, then spice and smokiness start to build.
Honey up front, woody, vanilla
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.
Sting alcohol smell, smelled very strong and long finish with lots of bite.
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
Nice flavor! My first Japanese Whisky so I’ll definitely try more.
This is my favorite Japanese Whiskey thus far. It has a smooth nutty finish that is extremely enjoyable especially after having a peated whiskey.
I really liked this Japanese whisky. It was one of the best I have ever tastied.
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.
Opens up after 15 minutes. Phenols strong on initial pour.
Love it. Easy to drink.
Light smoke with a clean finish. One of my go to bottles.
Mild smoke. Sweet. Fruit berries with a slight spice
Not bad but has a weird Smokey/peaty flavor to it that isn’t my taste
Not to my taste. Leans towards a Smokey scotch.
Honey with spice at the end.
Light and drinkable
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
Smoke overpowers the berries a little but overall a nice taste.
From herbal to toasted!
First tasting: wood, Cassis - SHERRY
Second tasting (Mizunara): Forest Floor + porcini; dark choco + coffee Bean
Mild but fragrant nose, slightly smoky on palate, then sweet, ending in citrus. Lots of flavors, easy drinking. Delicious
Not my taste
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.
Almost loved this one. Not a fan of the smoky wood combo. But the way the honey blends into it is well done.
Smooth, honey stands out, medium burn but doesn’t last to long. Woody little bit of citrus. Aroma is amazing
Oaky. Simple and nice. Vanilla.
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
Decent choice. A little spicy but not unbalanced
No thanks, Ive had better flavor from poorly made moonshine.
Unrefined, a bit wild and imbalanced. Spicy
Great whiskey. Has a genuinely smooth finish, mild flavor though.
The nose was fairly heavy with alcohol, but the taste was excellent.
Horrible Tasted like nail polish remover
Floral notes smooth drinking
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
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.
Not very smooth
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.
Dark honey with a solid oak flavor. Better when you roll it around a bit. Slightly sweet.