Ohishi is a hidden Japanese gem nestled in the mountainous countryside, along with the banks of the Kuma River, one of Japan’s fastest flowing rivers, also known for its pristine water quality. The family-run operation was established in 1872.
It may come as no surprise that Ohishi are known first and foremost for their Sake & Shochu, but they also craft one hell of a rice Whisky. Ohishi swaps barley for rice to craft their single malts, and they grow a unique strain of rice for production called “gohyakumanishi” (5 million stones) and use koi to cultivate their crop.
The Whisky is distilled in traditional Japanese stainless steel pot stills before getting some beauty rest in ex-sherry and brandy casks, in the mountainous Japanese countryside. Being aged at such high altitudes yields an elegant Sherry symphony.
This Ohishi Sherry Cask is a blend of casks anywhere from 3 to 25 years old. Expect notes of dried tropical fruit, toasted hazelnut, golden raisins, and sweet marzipan. It’s quite the Japanese sensation too, earning itself “92 Excellent, Highly Recommended” from the Beverage Tasting Institute in 2017, and “92 Points, Excellent, Highly Recommended” for the Japanese Whisky category at the USC Awards.
I first tried this in Hawaii (the Big Island), brought two bottles home. My friends loved it. Was back in Hawaii for work and wanted to buy 6 to 10 bottles ($90 Hawaii price) but only two bottles left on the Island and I bought them. Been holding on to my last bottle, until now. It is here and they ship to my state. Yeah!!!
It’s like whiskey lite... I don’t mean it’s a watered down version of your preferred lager but with half the carbs lite... I mean pleasant, welcoming, juicy lite. It’s a sherry bomb for sure if you into that this is a must, if you have someone who is dipping there toes into whiskey this is a great one in my opinion.
This whiskey is superb. I was worried about the spice but there is absolutely no heat to it. It is so damn smooth and wonderful I had to force myself not to drink the whole sample. Definitely going to order a bottle!
Really enjoyed the sherry forward experience. Just a well balanced whiskey which taste of dried fruit balanced with a floral smooth mouthfeel. Will be purchasing for my home bar
We love this so much, it easily rivals much more expensive whiskeys. So smooth and a touch of sweetness, we sampled it in a tasting box and had to buy a bottle. New favorite??
Floral nose. Overpowering sherry taste. The floral/sherry combo would be more desirable in a wine.
Liked the sweet flavor and smoothness. Variety in flavor profile.
Lots of Caramel
Liquid gold color in glass with medium rims and legs. Nose is deep red wine, grape tannins and all with a touch of yeast. Palate is very chocolatey with a slight burn - dark red fruits (probably a PX or Oloroso cask). Each flavor palate balances the other, not overpowering either. Finish is medium length but all chocolate covered cherries. Mouthfeel is coating and a bit oily. Really delicious - not sure I would know it was Japanese if blind tasting but the sherry notes are fantastic.
Pleasant taste,nice finish.
Solid on every note. Smooth and warm. I’d buy again and again.
The nose was fine. Sweet notes to start but there was a rubber note in the middle that I just couldn't get past. 2-3 drops of water mellowed out the rubber taste a bit.
taste of grape fruit and spice, with a hint of oak. good but not for me.
A hard NO for me. The taste reminds me of paint thinner
Sweet sherry up front and a nice salted oak spice to round it out. sweet/bitter citrus tinge that balances the sherry and oak very well. First rice malted scotch and it's not disappointing at all.
I love this. The floral scents followed by a bit of a punch. Definitely worth trying.
Nice cherry notes with a sharp, but not overpowering, bite at the end
This one was a surprise. Interesting nose, a beautifully floral/fruity flavor, then.... BOOM! That finish just explodes at the back of your tongue, but doesn't linger and burn all the way down. They say that the brown sugar is in the nose, but it, along with caramel, was the predominant initial taste on my tongue, not the sherry or fruits. I will probably buy a bottle of it later this year.
Instant love. Complex aroma with the sherry barrels slightly coming through. Reminds me of aged fruit leather and perhaps nuts. Was fine as a sipper, but I really liked it paired with club soda and ice.
I liked this very much. It was my favorite out of the Flavors of Japan Tasting Box.
The sharp nose is followed by a surprisingly soft feel and taste. I correctly guessed sherry cask on a blind test, but it's not overly pronounced.
The finish has a slight peppery kick. I might get this one again, it's a two-part sipping experience.
Tastes like cherry cough medicine. I couldn't do anything to make this taste pleasurable.
Very dry and delightful up front, nice and sweet sherry finish.
Carries a metallic taste.
White wine and green apple nose. A tart, acidic whiskey with notes of grapes and tart apples.
Loved this one in my tasting box, this is my first Japanese whiskey. To our surprise it was stocked at our local store and it’s heavy in my rotation now. There is something extra round about the flavor, probably due to the rice factor. Love.
This was my favorite of the box: good aroma, better taste and finish, more to my liking.
This is meant to be sipped neat. One drop of water turned a cherry floral saki like delight into rubbing alcohol.
Has a heavy flavor and leaves an aftertaste.
One of my new favorite japanese whiskeys. Very subtle floral notes which allows the sherry to really come out. For those who are into japanese whiskey this should be on your list for an everyday dram.
Smooth from start to finish. The finish has a great amount of spice balanced with strong notes of vanilla and oak.
Not a sherry fan, but not horrible.
Best thing made out of rice that I've had in recent memory. Also the brownest. Lean but round, this shows tons of sakura flavor and aroma. Assertively, deliciously fruity and flowery throughout with a touch of spice at the end. A lovely drink and a superb surprise. From the "A Tale of Three Whiskies" box, tasted in a Glencairn glass.
Tasty. Mild nose - wet grass and glue. Thin bodied. Strong body like stamp glue (in a good way). Spice notes come strong on finish. Sherry comes around at end.
Smooth with a nice spice and great sherry flavor. Definitely adding this to my bar.
Smooth. I'm not a huge Sherry fan so take my review with a grain of salt. Very sherry heavy.
Very nice, and kind of "sweet'"
Very smooth. The taste isn’t very complex but I think that’s what makes it good and unique. It’s a great Sherry for you friends that don’t drink strong whiskeys.
Surprisingly very Good! Very smooth with a nice Sherry finish. I would buy it again!
Cherry + Cucumber + Nail Polish Remover = Not my particular brand of whisky Perhaps this tastes better in a cocktail? Overall, quite a bland flavor profile with a terrible association to ethanol.
Sweet sherry nose and flavor. Smooth finish
Perfect combination of a American whiskey and a Scotch. Very pleasant flavors my favorite Japanese whiskey. (The Big Rock)
Smooth with slight spice
Overly sweet and high concentration of sherry flavor overpowers other flavors of this whisky
Great sherry taste, with a speyside mouthfeel and slight heat
It is an outstanding balanced, Rice Whisky with a delicate birth; while a rich & balanced life leads to a delicate finish with notes of cocoa & grain.
An very slight oaky nose that turns into a sweet whiskey with a slight warmth on the back of the mouth.
Smooth, but light. Strangely nondescript.
Good. Tastes like saki
This is really good! Great on the nose and the taste is smooth and full of flavor as well. A little sweeter than I normally like, but the spice comes through to give it decent grit.
One of my favorites Whiskies. Not too sweet, very smooth!
Sweet and smooth. Tried it as a sample and definitely adding it to my home bar.
Up front but not overpowering sherry and fruit. Can easily detect the oak, it complements nicely. Lingers strongly.
Sweet sherry nose and flavor. Smooth finish
Smooth, noseful, good body
Delicious fruit taste with a smooth finish.
Very subtle flavors, mostly oaky with some sweet notes particularly once it airs out a bit.
Smooth and sweet. Not very complex.I still like it!
This is my first sherried whisky, and I really like it! This one is definitely quite a departure from the other Japanese whiskies, but in this case, different is good! Very interesting nose and tastes. Not very complex, but very good. I'll be picking up a bottle to spend more time with it.
Not bad but not for me.
First sherried whiskey. I guess not my thing. Is nice, but not very complex and more burn than I normally like
Really solid sherried whiskey that drinks easy, at a great price.