Kurayoshi Pure Malt Whisky

Kurayoshi Pure Malt Whisky

(0.75l, 46%)

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The Pure Malt that started it all on the Sea of Japan.

Matsui Shuzou 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.

When Matsui Shuzo Distillery started out more than one hundred years ago, they only produced Sake and Shōchū. Whiskies were added later, and this is the one that started it all. Kurayoshi Pure Malt Whisky is 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 famous volcanic stone filtered water. The spirit is distilled in copper pot stills and aged in ex-Bourbon casks for a minimum of three years before being bottled at 46% ABV — the perfect strength if you ask us. This core offering exhibits the signature flavor profile of Kurayoshi Whiskies with an emphasis on raisins, warm nuts, and vanilla. 
  • Category
  • Style
    Pure Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Tottori Prefecture
  • Country
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
    Blended malt (Scotland & Japan)
  • Age
    3 Year Old
  • Maturation
    Ex-Bourbon casks

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Japanese Whisky is connected both to Scotch and Bourbon. It’s a Scotch-style Spirit that’s matured in climates similar to Kentucky’s.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Golden Straw. 

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Warm mixed nuts and raisin.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Vanilla up front with almonds and a youthful spice.

Long and tangy. 

Smartass corner: 
Shōchū is an un-aged, Japanese distilled spirit that — like Vodka — can be made from almost any base ingredient. It is usually between 25% and 35% ABV, placing it between Wine and Whiskies is alcohol content.
Ratings & Reviews
This is a very smooth whisky. No harshness on first sip. Really enjoy over crushed ice.
Pretty good. Raisins come through pretty strong but overall a very smooth whiskey.
It was pretty darn tasty. Definitely a solid 8. Perhaps even a 9.
an absolute japanese whisky. comes out of a warehouse which begs the question as to where it was truly made and is easy drinking while being complex in its own manner. seriously this is what japanese whisky is and until one experiences the true beauty of japanese whiskies, this one will do
The Kurayoshi is my all time favorite whisky I've had so far. To be honest I love Islay scotch and strong espadin mezcal so take this into account when reading my review. I usually enjoy the assault on my taste buds that the scotch and mezcal offer but for pure enjoyment I have to give the pure malt from Kurayoshi my highest mark. I haven't tried many other Japanese whiskies though but most are super clean and very complex.
The nutty, raisin-ey flavor makes this a very unique whiskey. Smooth with a FANTASTIC finish - I would recommend this whiskey to anyone. Gave it a 7 since I wish it had more of a nose and I wish it had a lower price tag.
Raisin bread, in whiskey form. A little more burn than I had hoped for in the middle, but a small piece of ice helped tone it down. It’s a very unique whiskey and I’m glad to have tried it, but I was expecting more since it was a $67 bottle which is why I gave it a 7. Reminded me a little of Lagavulin 12yr without the peat. Updated: this bottle really grew on me and after a while I found myself craving the unique flavor. My first impression was not that great, but it got better over time. This is a solid 8, and I will be getting it again.
Solid aroma of raisin and vanilla. Both carry through in the taste. These are replaced by by a nice heat and spice which remains. There is a mineral flavor that reminds me of green tea. The finish is woody, nutty and drying.
very smooth great scotch i will be buying it again
Very smooth with a really strong aroma of the raisins. I’m normally not a fan of raisins, but it does enhance the flavor of this interesting Japanese malt. Not much smoke on the finish, but the mineral flavor is quite nice.
light and delicious scotch; even my relatives who "don't like scotch" like this one. (and the ones who do like scotch appreciate it as well). I am more a fan of the more peaty whisky, but still like to change up with this one from time to time.
A lighter whisky for sure, but it's comfy in a way. Like revisiting old memories. I would even recommend this to those who dislike whisky.
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