almonds
orange zest
mineral
zesty
vanilla
oak
port
sherry
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, and vanilla caramels. 

Finish
Gentle and smooth. 

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.
Price:
$79.99
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Kurayoshi 8 Year Old Pure Malt Whisky is adored for its almonds, orange zest, mineral and zesty flavor notes.

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

Based on 881 votes, the average rating for Kurayoshi 8 Year Old Pure Malt Whisky is 6.9/10.

Top reviews for Kurayoshi 8 Year Old Pure Malt Whisky:

— Wow!!!! Enough said.

— Predominant almond notes. Nice bite.

— 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.
  • 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%)


6.9/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Kurayoshi 8 Year Old Pure Malt Whisky
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
 
Ryan
Ryan,
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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