Kurayoshi 12 Year Old Pure Malt Whisky
  • Category Japanese Whisky
  • Country Japan
  • Distillery Kurayoshi
  • Age 12 Year Old
  • Style Pure Malt Whisky
  • Maturation Lightly charred oak casks
  • Alcohol 46%*
*please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • caramel
  • nutty
  • vanilla
  • mineral
  • cherry
  • roasted
  • sweet
  • pear
  • peaty

Kurayoshi

12 Year Old Pure Malt Whisky (0.75l, 46%*) *please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary
Price $99.99

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Perfectly crafted and marvelously aged.

Matsui Shuzo Distillery was founded in 1910 northwest of Kyoto on the facing the Sea of Japan in Tottori Prefecture. Importantly, the distillery is within sight of Mount Daisen — a volcanic peak rising more than a mile above the surrounding fertile plains. This is significant because the spring water used to distill their Sake, Shōchū, and Whisky and bring it to proof has filtered through volcanic stone for eons — resulting in significant purity and a unique, soft mineral composition.

The Matsui Shuzo Distillery keeps a low profile. It’s almost enigmatic with no visitor center or direct sales. But the line Whiskies that comes out of their warehouses are very highly regarded — including ten Single Malts under the Kurayoshi brand and five grain Whiskies under their Tottori nameplate. All of them very popular with the discriminating dram-lovers across the Land of the Rising Sun.

A lot of Whisky lovers argue that twelve years is the perfect age for a Malt. Taste is such a personal thing that’s it’s hard to say. But we have noticed that many of our favorite drams happen to be in the ballpark of a dozen years or so. Kurayoshi 12 Year Old Pure Malt is not exception.

All the bases are covered — pure Malt aged a full twelve years in new, lightly charred oak, and served up at an absolutely perfect 43% ABV without any of the unwelcome and unnecessary additives that no one really wants. And the result is certainly a sweet spot for us — mellowing the bright tones of the younger spirits into warm notes of nuts and toffee.

Want to hear the best part? It's a 100% malted barley Whisky, sourced from distilleries around Scotland, before making their way to Japan, where it is blended with Japanese Whisky, aged, and cut to proof with the legendary volcanic stone filtered water of Tottori Prefecture.


Smartass Corner: 
Mount Daisen is regarded by some ancient religious sects in Japan as a holy mountain — including the syncretic Shugendō faith of "the path of training and testing."

  • Category Japanese Whisky
  • Country Japan
  • Distillery Kurayoshi
  • Age 12 Year Old
  • Style Pure Malt Whisky
  • Maturation Lightly charred oak casks
  • Alcohol 46%*
*please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.

Appearance / Color
Warm Gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Warm roasted nuts and malt. 

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Vanilla toffee, sultanas, and toasted wood with a hint of tart cherry. 

Finish
Soft and smooth

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  • caramel
  • nutty
  • vanilla
  • mineral
  • cherry
  • roasted
  • sweet
  • pear
  • peaty
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
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.
Japan is the second biggest producer of Single Malt Whisky in the world.
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!
Japanese Single Malts, like Scotch, are double-distilled in pot stills. Grain Whiskies, on the other hand, are distilled in column stills.
It's not uncommon for Japanese Whisky to be aged in mizunara (Japanese oak) casks. Suntory conducted a research on how mizunara oak influences Whisky flavor and found out it adds coconut notes to it.
The Highball brought Japanese Whisky back to life. Aside from some attention from overseas, Japanese Whisky consumption domestically was very low during the better part of the early 2000s. It wasn’t until 2008, when Suntory launched the Highball campaign featuring their Kakubin Whisky that things kicked off.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
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.
Japan is the second biggest producer of Single Malt Whisky in the world.
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!
Japanese Single Malts, like Scotch, are double-distilled in pot stills. Grain Whiskies, on the other hand, are distilled in column stills.
It's not uncommon for Japanese Whisky to be aged in mizunara (Japanese oak) casks. Suntory conducted a research on how mizunara oak influences Whisky flavor and found out it adds coconut notes to it.
The Highball brought Japanese Whisky back to life. Aside from some attention from overseas, Japanese Whisky consumption domestically was very low during the better part of the early 2000s. It wasn’t until 2008, when Suntory launched the Highball campaign featuring their Kakubin Whisky that things kicked off.
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