almonds
malty
orange zest
green apple
vanilla
caramel
oak
fruit
nutty
Spiral Kurayoshi 8 Year Old Pure Malt Whisky

Kurayoshi
8 Year Old Pure Malt Whisky
Reviews and Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Golden straw

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Almonds and malt

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Fruit-forward with green apple, more almond, orange zest, vanilla, caramel. 

Finish
Gentle and smooth
Price:
$79.99
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Kurayoshi 8 Year Old Pure Malt Whisky is adored for its almonds, malty, orange zest and green apple flavor notes.

This Japanese Whisky is carefully distilled at Blended malt (Scotland & Japan) distillery, Japan.

Based on 1661 votes, the average rating for Kurayoshi 8 Year Old Pure Malt Whisky is 6.8/10.

Top reviews for Kurayoshi 8 Year Old Pure Malt Whisky:

— Delicious by far my favorite that I've tried so far. Which is limited as I'm a developing whiskey drinker but this is so good clean in a chilled glass I could drink this all night.

— Wow!!!! Enough said.

— Predominant almond notes. Nice bite.
  • Category
  • Style
    Pure Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Tottori Prefecture
  • Country
    Japan
  • Alcohol
    46%
  • Distillery
    Blended malt (Scotland & Japan)
  • Age
    8 Year Old
  • Maturation
    Ex-Bourbon white oak casks

Kurayoshi 8 Year Old Pure Malt Whisky

(0.75l, 46%)


6.8/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Kurayoshi 8 Year Old Pure Malt Whisky
Cameron
Cameron,
This is good not great. Strong butterscotch flavor. Not very complex. Not worth the price
 
JACOB
JACOB,
Lots of Orange, summer whiskey
 
Travis
Travis,
Moderate smoky, spicy. Mineral.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Just no, has a great smell crisp, fresh smell. But the taste was not for me.
 
Matt
Matt,
Pretty good. Reminded me of a typical (but good) scotch. The biggest issue to me is the cost when a comparable scotch could be found cheaper.
 
Hugo
Hugo,
The almond/vanilla flavor is very surprising!
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Super light in color. Fruity on the nose. Nice flavors, apples, sweet and minty. Definitely our favorite of the Japanese whisky tasting set.
 
Solomon
Solomon,
This is my favorite of the "Flavors of Japan" set. A solid 9. Love the Apple. Incredibly smooth. Definitely tastes like a Scotch, for me Glenlivet 12 probably due to the apple.
 
David
David,
Light nutty sipping whisky
 
Adam
Adam,
This is a solid drink! Not $90 worth, but rich and flavorful.
 
Drew
Drew,
Would not pay 95 for this one. The almond definitely comes through. Also hints of chocolate and fruit.
 
Owen
Owen,
Loved it. Like drinking warm spring sunshine.
 
Gregory
Gregory,
a little vanilla and an otherwise pleasant whisky. Not overwhelming, pretty soft and subtle minerals/wood.
 
Matt
Matt,
It’s Okay. Not so bad. Definitely taste the almond and orange. I won’t be spending $84 a bottle on it.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Tasted very much like a typical scotch to me, which made sense when I looked at the details and saw it was a Scottish/Japanese blend. Unlike other Japanese whiskys that I’ve tried and enjoyed more. A fair bit of oak present from the bourbon barrels, and almond. Not something I would likely purchase, but not unpleasant.
 
Blair
Blair,
Citrus and generic whiskey on the nose. Almond, citrus, vanilla, and whiskey spice on the palate. A slightly more complex generic whiskey. Decent, but not outstanding.
 
David
David,
A delicious combination of sweet white bread, biscuit, almonds and vanilla. Surprisingly rich mouthfeel. Medium finish but with some punch to it. Really good, among the best Japanese whiskies I’ve had.
 
Steven
Steven,
I didn't hate it, but it's not something I would ever order. Strong bitter taste that borders on astringent and the bouquet matches. I can taste the vanilla but it's over powered by such a strong oak flavor that it tastes more smoky than oak
 
James
James,
I’ve never had anything quite like this. Light, fruity and sweet
 
Luke
Luke,
A bit of spice, mostly smooth, very light finish.
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Delicious by far my favorite that I've tried so far. Which is limited as I'm a developing whiskey drinker but this is so good clean in a chilled glass I could drink this all night.
 
Michael
Michael,
Very strong overripe fruit flavors and can definitely taste the minerality as well
 
Sam
Sam,
Malty with almond vanilla and apple. It is easy to drink but for me it tastes how my favorite perfumes smell. Cant tell if that’s good of not.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Salty, savory on the nose, can taste that it is aged near the sea... reminds me of Oban Single Malt Scotch
 
Elijah
Elijah,
Initially get browned butter followed by some spice, bright citrus, and finished with some lingering port sweetness. Can’t say I get much of a nut/almond note.
 
Tom
Tom,
Very light in appearance and taste up front, definitely sherry up front as well. Finish gets harsher with some spiciness that slowly mellows.
 
Liz
Liz,
Of the 3 in the tasting box, this one I liked the most, while my friend didn't care for it at all. I'm looking forward to exploring more Japanese whisky.
 
Taylor
Taylor,
Not the biggest fan. Loved the way it smelled and had high expectations with the first taste. To me it smelled almost like a stout beer with some citrus, which was very intriguing. But it was almost too nutty for my pallet. I could see this being great in a cocktail but not worth it in my opinion.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Just like scotch
 
Josh
Josh,
Just okay. Quite harsh with a lot of burning in the after taste while drinking neat.
 
Sean
Sean,
Every so often I find something that reminds me of tequila notes. I definitely don't like tequila. This unfortunately pushes all those buttons for me.
 
Paul
Paul,
extremely smooth and easy to drink. Not one I would have picked out but exactly why we love Flaviar, to experience what we wouldn't have otherwise and this one really paid off
 
Mike
Mike,
Better than others in the Japanese tasting box but just OK
 
Charlie
Charlie,
Not bad, I can get the almonds if I really try but that's about it. Really light
 
Ben
Ben,
Not bad. Prolly wouldn’t pay that price for it... tried neat, then added a small piece of ice... better on ice
 
Louis
Louis,
Not bad. Lots of oak.
 
D
D,
Light yet strong
 
Tanya
Tanya,
A lot going on. Wish I could pin down what part I find so offensive about it.
 
Scott
Scott,
First time testing Japanese whisky.. Marzipan in the nose and the taste. Orange and honey secondarily. Way too much burn to handle without at least a .25/1 water down, which for this price point isn't a great sign.
 
Jasson
Jasson,
Love the front-loaded flavors and the nose. But the finish is drastically different from the rest of the expression - almost startling - and I'm not a fan of that so much. But, ultimately a good dram.
 
Jason
Jason,
Peaty...complex flavor, bold
 
Marc
Marc,
I didn’t get as much of the almond as the flavor wheel. This was my second favorite of the tasting box
 
Marcum
Marcum,
More fruity flavor than detailed in flavor spiral. Smooth to drink.
 
Laura
Laura,
Intriguing flavors!
 
Hunter
Hunter,
Quite sweet, but good and smooth
 
Miguel
Miguel,
It reminds me of a slightly cheaper Nikka Yoichi. Might be that the palate to finish was slightly peaty to me. not BAD, but not a game changer as far as Single Malts go. Would probably serve well in a Highball.
Miguel
Miguel,
My mistake, this is a blend. Nonetheless it's still acceptable and drinkable, but not groundbreaking by any means.
Jennifer
Jennifer,
A bit Horsey tasting. It’s like a horse bridle made of leathery orange peel. Can’t really recommend.
 
Matt
Matt,
Nope. My (admittedly amateur) nose smelled nicotine right off the bat—is that the “mineral” part of the flavor spiral? It didn’t taste like nicotine. But. didn’t taste good. Hooray for the sampler bottles! Two out of three ain’t bad.
 
Randy
Randy,
.67 ok on the rocks
 
Rob
Rob,
Not for me. First drink is way too harsh. Mellowed out with some ice but still pretty harsh.
 
Danny
Danny,
Decent but not spectacular. It was definitely drinkable though.
 
David
David,
Smooth and balanced. Very drinkable.
 
Scott
Scott,
Really nice malt flavor with a long smooth finish... I’m surprised by how much I love this whisky! This will be a regular in my bar from now on!
 
Enisoto
Enisoto,
This was really good. It had a similar taste to Johnnie Walker with a touch of honey or some sweetness. Would definitely add this to my collection.
 
David
David,
I preferred the two sherry/sake flavored drinks that came with my tasting. This tasted more like a traditional scotch.
 
Scott
Scott,
to petty for me
 
Richard
Richard,
Wow!!!! Enough said.
 
Timothy
Timothy,
.
 
Rusty
Rusty,
Nice Japanese Whisky
 
Andy
Andy,
softer nose with strong almond and vanilla. Almost a hint of grass (reminds me of Suntory toki but way more expensive) very Oakey with hint of Sherry and vanilla. Pretty smooth overall but kind of boring.
 
Edward
Edward,
Smelled the orange zest and the almonds, but really didn’t pick up on the vanilla. Wasn’t fond of the aftertaste.
 
Ray
Ray,
Orange zest, almonds, very earthy flavors with medium spice.
 
James
James,
This was very good! Sweet like honey.
 
Jacqueline
Jacqueline,
Definitely has heat...maybe not my favorite!
 
Roland
Roland,
Card was labeled the sherry cask instead but the flavor spiral and label match this one in the 12 Days of Christmas Whiskey Tasting Box. (12/12) Strong almond flavor and sherry on the back end.
 
Keith
Keith,
The first sip was hot going down but it mellowed after that and became very enjoyable!
 
Shane
Shane,
Not sure what others see in this whisky it was barely passable for me. The finish is not smooth and the taste is not as good as the nose. I give it some points for having robust flavors that come through the young alcohol burn and the spice notes are there. Maybe its just not my thing as some people seem to love it. Not even a true Japanese whisky and it shows. I tried these along side Ohishi 8YR Sherry Cask and Fukano Vault Reserve #1 and those were fantastic smooth drinking whisky. Don't cringe too hard but this ended up making a fine whisky and coke. The other two I drank neat as they were very nice.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is a very good, creamy, Japanese Pure Malt Whisky that has an aromatic birth; while a rich & fruity life leads to a delicate death of medium length with notes of oak, port & sherry.
 
Karim
Karim,
A little on the hard yet sweet side. Unique taste for sure.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Predominant almond notes. Nice bite.
 
Gene
Gene,
Out of the three it’s my least. The almond and orange sorta put me off. The after taste it lingered but just not my cup of whiskey.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Aroma is like a good light beer. Malt and hints of a sweetness. Taste is a bitey fruity followed by spice and oak. On ice all I get is a slightly zesty burn. It's ok, not something I'd keep on hand.
 
Christian
Christian,
Very Oakey. I’m not a fan of these kind of whiskeys but it is not bad.
 
Ben
Ben,
Nice almond/vanilla on the nice, with a strong fruity taste upfront. Wonderful long finish with strong oak flavor and just a slight spice. Great pour!
 
Robert
Robert,
The almond up front is nice, kind of amaretto-like. Unfortunately, to me, the harshness of the alcohol feels like an astringent in the mouth. That said, there is a complex flavor here. Not my favorite, but worth the experience.
 
Chandra
Chandra,
A little harsh with terrible a after taste and not a lot of depth in flavor
 
Jason
Jason,
This was my introduction to Japanese whisky. It was smooth and light, maybe a bit too light. It probably could have had a deeper flavor if it were aged longer.
 
Ray
Ray,
Almonds in the nose, fruity palate, finishes warm, citrus My favorite in the 12 day of Christmas box, and it's not close
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
A great whisky
 
Briana
Briana,
Very almond in the front end
 
Gabe
Gabe,
A solid whiskey
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Oak/wood, vanilla, cream, buttered toast
 
Nick
Nick,
Very nice. Much like a McAllen or a less peaty Oban
 
John
John,
Very smooth and oaky for it being only 8 years old. Sweet and dry with a hint of orange.
 
Rex
Rex,
Very light. Can taste the almond in the aftertaste.
 
Robert
Robert,
Very nice, with the more earthy notes of oak, sherry, almond and mineral. Easy to drink, hits you different than any Scotch or Whiskey I've tried.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Smooth and light, very good.
 
Michael
Michael,
By far one of the best tasting Japanese whiskeys I have ever had. Smooth and delicious and not a bad price. My local liquor store has it for $99.00 plus tax. I highly recommend this whiskey.
 
Gary
Gary,
There are many other choices for Japanese whiskies and I recommend trying any of them over this dram.
 
Bruce
Bruce,
Nutty with a citrus zest that is savory with a slight touch of sweet. Very delicate flavor profile awakens notes not tasted frequently from these spirits.
 
Martin
Martin,
Initial nosing reveals vanilla with a splash of citrus (lemon/orange). Tasting lingers with spice, brine, some vanilla and a bit of earth. A little burn, but not terrible. Nothing stood out as wonderful...just average.
Martin
Martin,
6 stars.
CLEVELAND
CLEVELAND,
I really enjoyed the bite if this drink.
 
John
John,
This selection was much harsher than my liking.
 
Sunil
Sunil,
Too peaty. Burned going down. Not my bag at all.
 
Brian
Brian,
Poor aftertaste
 
james
james,
Bland
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Not a fan
 
Michael
Michael,
Really smooth flavor and was a nice sipper
 
Jason
Jason,
On the nose this has a spring water early morning floral smell; however, the taste is of oak “firewood without the burn” and just lingers there not developing much until a slight vanilla spice finishes.
 
Dat
Dat,
This expression is a bit harsh on the nose and definitely requires a few more years in the cask to ease the burn. The finish is not very pleasant. While I understand that Japanese whiskeys are in high demand, leading to the higher than expected price, I do not believe the Kurayoshi 8-years is all that.
 
Jamie
Jamie,
Fine. Just fine.
 
Zane
Zane,
A very nutty finish, but the first taste is a bit too spicy for my preference. Definitely a flavorful whisky, just not necessarily my thing.
 
Robert
Robert,
A bit of peat, a bit of citrus, and very smooth. Unassuming. Not my favorite whiskey, but not because it was bad in any way. It just wasn't "special".
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Very smooth, notes of spice, burnt marshmallow, citrus. A hint of peaty smoke. Very nuanced, not in your face like an Islay. Very good drink!!!
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Love it!
 
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