vanilla
smoky
peaty
pear
fruit
spicy
tropical fruits
honey
sweet
Spiral Ohishi Islay Cask

Ohishi
Islay Cask
Reviews and 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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Ohishi Islay Cask is adored for its vanilla, smoky, peaty and pear flavor notes.

This Japanese Whisky is carefully distilled at Ohishi distillery, Japan.

Based on 411 votes, the average rating for Ohishi Islay Cask is 6.3/10.

Top reviews for Ohishi Islay Cask:

— One of the best whiskeys I've tasted. I need to find some locally.

— One of my favorites. Smokiness, but not overly so. Unfortunately, it is expensive where I'm located. I was really happy to be able to sample it.

— It is a classic, elegant, Japanese Whisky that has a delicate birth; while a rich & complex life leads to a long & smoky death with hints of jerky, vanilla & fruit.

Ohishi Islay Cask

(0.7l, 41.7%)


6.3/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Ohishi Islay Cask
Doron
Doron,
Nice. Light. Smooth. Soft vanilla bouquet.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
One of the best whiskeys I've tasted. I need to find some locally.
 
arne
arne,
Overly smoky and too much bite
Doron
Doron,
I think you got confused or had a bad batch
Tim
Tim,
I liked it. Approachable and mellow with a leathery nose. Smoke, pepper, and peat up front - followed by sweet, slightly orange notes on the back end.
 
Sergio
Sergio,
When you smell it, it smells fruity. When it goes down it has a strong taste not smooth at all. It does have a sweet after flavor. Not my type of drink.
 
Rae
Rae,
Smokey but not complete
 
Kevin
Kevin,
One of my favorites. Smokiness, but not overly so. Unfortunately, it is expensive where I'm located. I was really happy to be able to sample it.
 
Robert
Robert,
I don’t like whiskeys that are TOO peaty/smokey. It’s like the rosemary of the whiskey world. For example, Compassion Box’s Peat Monster is one I can only drink on rare occasions in small amounts. All that to say the smoke on this is perfect. It does overwhelm the rest of the flavors, but I don’t mind. If you add a touch of water, the fruit comes out. Also, the mouth feel of this is exquisite and silky.
 
Chandra
Chandra,
Way too smoky. Felt like I was drinking an ash tray
 
Jon
Jon,
I really enjoyed the complexity of flavors in this whisky. The peat wasn't overwhelming, complementing the rest of the dram with a nice smooth warming without being hot.
 
Josef
Josef,
Very Smoky & Spicy. The smoke & meat flavor was somewhat uncomfortable for me, but if that is a flavor you desire, they achieved it with this whisky very well. The smell is misleading, the scents of the fruit come through, but aren’t prominent in the taste.
 
Bryan
Bryan,
Terrible. Tastes and smells like rubbing alcohol. Took one sip and dumped the rest. Don't waste your time or money.
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Smokey and spicy, yet quite smooth.
 
Javier
Javier,
Good nose tones, but a strong opaque taste with a bitter finish. The peaty and smoky flavors overpower all other notes to even appreciate a good dram.
 
Philip
Philip,
Smoky and peaty, a little spicy, yet smooth. Its hard to pick up on other flavors besides the smokiness but I really enjoy this (I like peated whiskeys). It has a smooth finish. I’d get a bottle of it if available.
 
Chad
Chad,
Very smoky, very little vanilla
 
Stephanie
Stephanie,
Terrible! We couldn’t even drink it. Tried it mixed with different flavors but the over all taste was so bad we couldn’t finish it.
 
Garry
Garry,
Light, crisp, nice balance of peat and fruit. Sake characteristics shine through. Heavy pear on the nose, smoke lingers on aftertaste. Lovely.
 
Gabe
Gabe,
I’m not a fan of peaty flavors. But I did enjoy this.
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Smoke, fruit, and peat
 
Nick
Nick,
Smokey, with a smooth finish.
 
Cortland
Cortland,
Interesting. Reminds me of sake. Unpleasant after taste.
 
Mary
Mary,
You can feel the sake history to this... hard to remove the smoke to get to the other notes.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is a classic, elegant, Japanese Whisky that has a delicate birth; while a rich & complex life leads to a long & smoky death with hints of jerky, vanilla & fruit.
 
Brian
Brian,
Straight, it is like beef jerky. Rocks let a little sweetness through.
 
Silke
Silke,
Smoky and rustic, not as rounded as I’d hoped but still great!
 
Christophe
Christophe,
Quite peaty, in style of Lagavulin or Laphroaig, so you have to be in that mood. Nice finish.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
more smoke than vanilla
 
Matthew
Matthew,
interesting drinking experience
 
Rex
Rex,
Can definitely taste the pepper and smoke in this one. Not my cup of tea but it is smooth and easy going down.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Even sweet and smoky up front, spices at the end. Kind of medicinal, but overall good
 
Deiter
Deiter,
smells of vanilla but a very rich but not overwhelming mineral and peat taste. Excellent.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Moderate whisky. I was nervous because I don’t like smoky flavor, but it’s milder than expected.
 
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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