Kujira Ryukyu Whisky

KUJIRA Ryukyu Kujira Ryukyu Whisky

(0.75l, 40%)


6.5/10
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The Awamori/Shochu Spirit at the foundation of the Ryukyu line of Spirits with a smooth character and clean finish.

The Kumesen Distillery — Kumesen Syuzo — was founded in Okinawa, Japan, in 1952. Their first product was Awamori — a Shochu 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 flavors of their signature Spirits are building a global fan base.

Kujira Ryukyu Whisky is the core, rice-based Whiskey that leads off the line-up. Although officially a "non-age statement" dram, the distillery declares that it has been aged in new, virgin white oak for more than three years. The warm, sub-tropical climate of the islands means that Whiskies mature faster. And since the casks are new, they easily deliver a ton of flavor to the party.

Smartass Corner #1:
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.

Smartass Corner #2:
The "Ryukyu" line of Whiskies from Kumesen Syuzo gets its name from the Japanese island chain stretching southwest toward Taiwan from mainland Japan. This chain includes hundreds of islands from small coral atolls to large mountainous islands, the largest of which is Okinawa.
  • Category
  • Style
    Japanese Whisky
  • Region
    Okinawa
  • Country
    Japan
  • Alcohol
    40%
  • Distillery
    Shinzato Shuzo
  • Age
    NAS

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toffee
jasmine
sweet
oak
vanilla
pear
brine
caramel
fruit
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Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Medium Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
On the nose you will detect plenty of oak with vanilla, pear, and a hint of the sea.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate is smooth and sharp at the same time with notes of toffee and jasmine.

Finish
The finish is lightly sweet and clean.
Ratings & Reviews
Tommy
Tommy,
Warm with a sweet finish
 
Todd
Todd,
Not a big fan. Just ok. I little sweetness. Drop of water minutes everything.
 
Scott
Scott,
Decent whiskey with a sweeter nose that opened up as it sat. Oaky and toffee were spot on, but ultimately not the most memorable Japanese expressions that I’ve tasted
 
Bryan
Bryan,
I really enjoy the flavors this whisky delivers. My favorite Japanese whisky thus far!
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Slightly sweet, with a hint of brine and a burn that shows its relatively young age. Pretty basic Japanese whisky, but not as grain forward.
 
Vincent
Vincent,
Third day of Advent - Strong oak nose, very sweet palate and finish. Really enjoyed this dram.
 
Derek
Derek,
Caramel on the nose and as the primary flavor. Relatively tasty but fairly one-note. Decent enough, but not one I’m likely to remember.
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Simple drink, like the balance of sweet and salt-like. But a bit too simple
 
Jason
Jason,
Enjoyable. Starts off a bit sweet, but has enough organic notes that build to balance it out. Clean finish.
 
Colin
Colin,
Because it is not high proof, you get to experience the nose and the palate right off the bat. On Advent Whisky Night #3,, this tastes like the first good quality dram. Tons of toffee, not super layered or complex, but really good on this December night.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Oaky nose then a strong, off-note sweetness with no complementary flavors. Don’t recommend.
 
James
James,
Not much complexity for me. Toffee/caramel up front with a slightly salty finish. I found it to be a bit rough
 
Mike
Mike,
Oak and toffee
 
James
James,
Smells better than it tastes; a little briny initially, and more so on back end and more end heat than expected or desired
 
Louise
Louise,
Like the toffee and the floral
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Not sure if I had a bad sampling bottle. The nose was paint thinner and medicinal yet very floral. The palate was floral and had a funk I wish I could describe. I was excited to try this but it’s pretty disappointing.
 
Jesse
Jesse,
Not a fan of the flowery taste
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Toffee on the nose but oak dominates the palate. It is okay, but not inspiring.
 
Adam
Adam,
Decent flavored, with a pleasant balance of flavors and a nice sweet, floral, fruity lingering finish.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Sweet and smooth with that burn on the tail
 
Ryan
Ryan,
It's not bad, but nothing to write home about. I got some notes of Jasmine and a nose of toffee, but it really just tasted like well whiskey to me. Not bad, but if I had a bottle I wouldn't cry if it was used for cocktails.
 
Kris
Kris,
Not much other than oak on the nose and the taste isn't much more. Ultimately there are much better options for Japanese whisky out there.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Strong bite and the toffee notes aren’t enough to redeem it
 
Ed
Ed,
Strong bite, heavy woody flavor (but not oaky...) long after taste. Kind of reminds me of a cheep scotch.
 
Frank
Frank,
(Advent 2020, #3) In the nose a little oak and sweetness (Carmel?). Interesting flavor, again the oak, vanilla, carmel, and something else (looked on the card and saw brine - guess that's what I'm tasting). The finish is pretty good
 
guest
guest,
Drinks like and age statement.
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guest,
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Bryan
Bryan,
Toffee forward with a very sweet aftertaste. However a strong alcohol bite holds it back a bit
 
Neil
Neil,
rice cough medicine.
 
Terry
Terry,
(Advent 2020 #3) Have wanted to try Japanese whiskey. Strong bite. Toffee comes through. Not to my taste
 
Steve
Steve,
Predominately orange in the nose, with some caramel.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
(Advent 2020 #3) toffee forward with hints of oak, slightly sweet with hints of fruit on backend. Not bad, wouldn't turn it down, but won't buy 9ver our other favorites.
 
Chris
Chris,
I love this stuff so much!
 
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