Ohishi Sakura Cask Whisky
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  • woody
  • cherry
  • brown sugar
  • jasmine
  • anise
  • spicy
  • floral
  • fruit
  • sweet

Ohishi

Sakura Cask Whisky (0.75l, 42.7%)
Price $107.99

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Character Goatson
A light, exceptionally floral Japanese Whisky aged in Brandy and Sherry casks, but finished in cherry wood.

If you look for the Ohishi Distillery on a map you’ll have a bit of trouble. That’s because this idyllic craft facility has been a Shochu Brewery from five generations, since 1872. But a generation or two ago they started aging their Shochu in premium casks to create southwestern Japan’s favorite Whiskey. And the location is important. It sits in the small village of Mizukami near the headwaters of the Kuma River. This is where they get the remarkably pure water that you can taste in all of their products.

Ohishi Sakura Cask Whisky is a rice-based Whisky made from local specialized varietals, including Gin no Sato, Hino Hikari, Mori no Kuma-san, Yamada Nishiki, and the remarkably difficult to pronounce Gohyakumanishi — most of which comes from the family estate. And while all of their Whiskies are aged in either Brandy or Sherry casks, what sets this dram apart is that it’s finished in Sakura — Japanese cherry wood. Japan is famous for their cherry trees and all the wood for the finishing casks is harvested locally. It’s also rather unique in that since the sulfur content of the rice is so low and the starches so pure, they do not need copper and therefore use a rare stainless steel pot still. It’s a delicious dram and worth a tray for all Whiskey fans.

Smartass Corner:
"Shakura" is a Japanese word that means "cherry wood" or "cherry tree."
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Appearance / Color
Light Mahogany

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma is complex and bright with notes of warm wood, turbinado, red fruits, and a hint of jasmine.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate opens sweet with an earthy fruit notes, followed by anise, autumn spice, and a mixed bouquet of florals.

Finish
The palate is medium-length with lingering florals.
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  • woody
  • cherry
  • brown sugar
  • jasmine
  • anise
  • spicy
  • floral
  • fruit
  • sweet
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
The Highball brought Japanese Whisky back to life. Aside from some attention from overseas, Japanese Whisky consumption domestically was very low during the better part of the early 2000s. It wasn’t until 2008, when Suntory launched the Highball campaign featuring their Kakubin Whisky that things kicked off.
The two biggest Whisky producers in Japan and major rivals are Nikka and Suntory.
It's not uncommon for Japanese Whisky to be aged in mizunara (Japanese oak) casks. Suntory conducted a research on how mizunara oak influences Whisky flavor and found out it adds coconut notes to it.
The two biggest Whisky producers in Japan are Nikka and Suntory, major rivals.
Japanese Whisky is connected both to Scotch and Bourbon. It’s a Scotch-style Spirit that’s matured in climates similar to Kentucky’s.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
The Highball brought Japanese Whisky back to life. Aside from some attention from overseas, Japanese Whisky consumption domestically was very low during the better part of the early 2000s. It wasn’t until 2008, when Suntory launched the Highball campaign featuring their Kakubin Whisky that things kicked off.
The two biggest Whisky producers in Japan and major rivals are Nikka and Suntory.
It's not uncommon for Japanese Whisky to be aged in mizunara (Japanese oak) casks. Suntory conducted a research on how mizunara oak influences Whisky flavor and found out it adds coconut notes to it.
The two biggest Whisky producers in Japan are Nikka and Suntory, major rivals.
Japanese Whisky is connected both to Scotch and Bourbon. It’s a Scotch-style Spirit that’s matured in climates similar to Kentucky’s.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
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