Ohishi Islay Cask

Ohishi Islay Cask

(0.7l, 41.7%)


6.4/10
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Japanese triple treat.

On the Japanese island of Kyushu, next to the pure river Kuma, there's a unique family-run Ohishi distillery, founded in 1872, that uses sorcery to turn rice into Whiskey. Yes, rice. Where distilleries usually use barley, Ohishi uses Japan's favorite grain to create this superb sake-like Spirit. And not just any type: they use mochi rice from Kumamoto, and add gohyakumanishi rice, grown through organic farming, employing Koi Carp to control weeds.

Ohishi Islay Cask Whisky is a smoky-sweet treat that was fully matured in ex-Brandy casks, and finished for 8 months in barrels that held Islay Scotch. And we're talking heavily peated Scotch, which beautifully translates to Ohishi. Now, they don't say from which distillery the cask came, but with such sensational scents and flavors, does it really matter? What this bottle brings is a triple treat of Japanese Whisky, Brandy and peaty Islay Scotch.

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vanilla
smoky
peaty
pear
fruit
spicy
tropical fruits
honey
sweet
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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Golden

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Sweet nose with hints of pears, honey, vanilla and malt, and a lovely peaty background.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Honey-forward palate, notes of vanilla, pears and peat, followed by sweetness that reminds of Sake. Spice and tropical fruits wrap up the flavors.

Finish
Long and smoky finish with hints of vanilla and fruit.

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Ratings & Reviews
Todd
Todd,
Meh. It was fine but wouldn’t do it again. Some sweet and a little smoke, but no wow factor.
 
Brendan
Brendan,
All Japanese whiskeys have a grassy taste to me. This one is no different and usually turns me away from Japanese whiskeys. The difference here, which drew me in, is the hint of peat, which is excellent for those who enjoy peaty scotch. There is certainly underlying vanilla, which goes well in the glass. This is not necessary a casual drink, but is definitely an enjoyable, unique pour!
 
Matt
Matt,
Would be better without the smoky flavor, which I’m not a fan of, but overall pretty good.
 
John
John,
Not bad. Peat is late as is the smoke. Decent for a Smokey one
 
Paul
Paul,
The scotch cask finish kinda ruins it imo
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Very interesting taste with flavors all over the map. Definitely a strong mix of vanilla sweetness with milder smoky peat. There is a subtler note of brandy fruitiness. Not what I would typically reach for but surprisingly enjoyable.
 
Zachary
Zachary,
Pretty average.
 
Angela
Angela,
Way too smoky. Would never buy this
 
Robert
Robert,
Thin like an Irish whiskey, but more dynamic. I don't care for peat, but if you like it, this has it mildly on the front and nose. Smooth, with a finish of spice.
 
Burton
Burton,
I got a sample in my Advent Calendar and tasted it blind. I could not place it. The flavors and aromas are so unique - I got a unique wood tone i couldn't identify, something like barbecue potato chips, an exotic spiciness, and a light fruit compote. Good and different. I guessed it was Japanese, and that is all I got right. Glad I tried it.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Lightly smoked and pleasantly sweet
 
Stefanie
Stefanie,
Mildly smokey and peaty compared to Scottish counterparts...paired well with seafood
 
Katrina
Katrina,
Very smokey hints with a very smooth finish. Amazing straight but also would be great for an old fashioned.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Color is light straw. Nose starts with peat, followed quickly by a sweet backbone. Notes of fresh fruit and honey are present in the background. First sip is markedly peated, with a nice smooth mouthfeel. Notes of sweetness come and go, with several distinct, but hard to identify variations on the sweetness as the peat circulates. Finish is a further intermingling of the sweat/peat combo. Despite not being able to identify specific components as well as with other Whiskies, I found this rather enjoyable.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Too much of a leather taste for my liking.
 
Austin
Austin,
Less peat than I was expecting
 
Rodney
Rodney,
Not a good taste. Harsh.
 
Dominic
Dominic,
If I had tasted it in a blind tasting, I would've sworn up and down it was a scotch. Incredibly peaty with strong taste of leather. Would definitely drink again, but wouldn't recommend if you're looking for sweet/smooth whiskey.
 
Bob
Bob,
"not knowing the specific distillery for the Islay cask is a bit of a turn off. however, this is a dream for smoke and peat lovers while broadening horizons for those not quite ready for the full blown Scotch experience. almost “meaty” borderline sherry on the lingering taste. with a touch of water more of the orange and fruitiness come forward
 
John
John,
The Islay Cask is definitely making itself heard here. This starts out mild and sweet for a moment before descending into quite a lot of smoky peaty goodness. It has a nice drawn out finish that lingers in the best way.
 
Steven
Steven,
Yuck dudes
 
Nikiah
Nikiah,
Wow!
 
Bob
Bob,
Overwhelming smokey taste, like drinking burnt wood.
 
Danny
Danny,
Very interesting and good flavors but the smokiness is just a bit overwhelming.
 
Julia
Julia,
So good. Lots of vanilla and sweet smoke. So nice
 
Mark
Mark,
Too Smokey sipping it neat. On the rocks, does smooth it out.
 
Kaleigh
Kaleigh,
I couldn't get passed the smokey flavor on this, it was a bit overwhelming.
 
CLEVELAND
CLEVELAND,
Strong and tasty
 
Bruce
Bruce,
So much smoke and peat and dirt and charcoal I can’t really taste anything else
 
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