Kujira Ryukyu 8 Year Old Whisky

KUJIRA Ryukyu Kujira Ryukyu 8 Year Old Whisky

(0.75l, 40%)


7.9/10
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$147.99
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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
    Okinawa
  • Country
    Japan
  • Alcohol
    40%
  • Distillery
    Shinzato Shuzo
  • Age
    8 Year Old
  • Maturation
    ex-Bourbon casks & ex-Sherry casks

Flavor Spiral™

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cherry
caramel
raisin
cranberry
anise
oak
vanilla
plums
spicy
What does Kujira Ryukyu 8 Year Old Whisky taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Kujira Ryukyu 8 Year Old Whisky and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
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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!

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.

Finish
The finish is medium length and smooth with an interesting anise element at the end.
Ratings & Reviews
Greg
Greg,
I got Flaviar's Whiskies of the World 24-sample Advent Calendar box and Kujira Ryukyu was my winner. It was a heavenly taste and scent on day three and no other sample beat that memory. I ordered a bottle and it's currently out of stock. :(
 
Giacomo
Giacomo,
Excellent!! Smooth and sweet from the first sip all the way down! Loved it!
 
Olivia
Olivia,
Loved this one
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
My first foray into Japanese whiskey and I was NOT disappointed. On the nose it was heavy on the fruit and floral notes with a hint of spice. On the tongue it was just the same except more toffee and vanilla. My only complaint and why it’s a 9 and not a 10 is the finish was too quick. All of the flavors were there and then they were not. Happy to go back for another sip though.
 
Skip
Skip,
The first Japanese Whisky I've ever enjoyed. Part of the 2020 Advent Calendar and it made me rethink Japanese Whiskys - I would order this for sure.
 
justin
justin,
I loved it very sweet whiskey. it has a very fruit-like flavor to it. I can really taste the cherry flavor. definitely would purchase
 
Augustine
Augustine,
Delicious
 
Augustine
Augustine,
Very toffee front with creamy finish. Surprisingly delicious.
 
Levi
Levi,
More sweet than brine, the balance is there, but the long alcohol aftertaste lingers a big longer than I like.
 
Tracy
Tracy,
I really like this one, toffee is very noticeable with pear coming through as well. Very smooth, not spicy.
 
Kent
Kent,
Love the toffee flavor and smooth finish.
 
Paul
Paul,
Harsh nose. Reminds me of nail polish remover.
 
Barry
Barry,
Pleasant toffee flavor. Some saltiness at the finish.
 
Armando
Armando,
.
 
Dustin
Dustin,
This one is complex and fantastic. I am getting new notes each sip
 
Adam
Adam,
This is very very good. definitely a bottle worth putting on the top shelf.
 
guest
guest,
My husband and I are bourbon sippers and wanted to venture out into the world of Japanese whisky and found this gem. If you enjoy the profile of bourbon but want to experience the Easts' take, this is the dram for you. Cheers!
 
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