Kujira Ryukyu 8 Year Old Whisky

KUJIRA Ryukyu Kujira Ryukyu 8 Year Old Whisky

(0.75l, 40%)

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A lovely, eight year-old Rice Whisky aged in Bourbon and Sherry casks.

The Kumesen Distillery — Kumesen Syuzo — was founded in Okinawa, Japan, in 1952. Their first product was Awamori — a beverage distilled from special Indica rice and served at 30-40% ABV. Then in 1989 they began to age their Awamori in oak casks, creating a rice-based Whiskey. The products are exceptionally popular in the Japanese islands and the rich flavor of their products are building a global fan base.

Kujira Ryukyu 8 Year Old Whisky is a single grain Rice Whisky. Do NOT make the mistake of thinking that this is a Rice Wine or a Sake. This is a real Whiskey with rice as the core fermented grain. It’s made from polished Indica rice and aged for eight years in a combination of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks and bottled at 40% ABV. The result is an exceptional Spirit with the smoothness of a wheated dram and all of the spice coming from the wood.

Smartass Corner: 
Awamori — the base Spirit — gets its name from the fermentation process. The word translates loosely as "rising swelling bubbles" and the fermentation is started with black koji from Okinawa.
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Grain Japanese Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
    Shinzato Shuzo
  • Age
    8 Year Old
  • Maturation
    ex-Bourbon casks & ex-Sherry casks

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Japanese Whisky can act as an interesting comparison between Scotch and Bourbon, being a Scotch-style spirit matured in conditions with greater temperature variation closer to Kentucky.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Medium Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma is balanced with an oak foundation under vanilla and stewed plums.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate leads with dried raisins, cherries, and cranberries and blooms with notes of caramel and a light oak spice.

The finish is medium length and smooth with an interesting anise element at the end.
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