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Kurayoshi 12 Year Old Pure Malt Whisky

Kurayoshi 12 Year Old Pure Malt Whisky

Size: 0,75 l
(46.0% ABV)

3.9

127 total reviews

$118.99
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  • BrandKurayoshi
  • CategoryJapanese Whisky
  • CountryJapan
  • DistilleryKurayoshi
  • Age12 Year Old
  • Style Pure Malt Whisky
  • Maturation Lightly charred oak casks
  • Alcohol46.0%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 Warning.

Perfectly crafted and marvelously aged.

Matsui Shuzo 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.

A lot of Whisky lovers argue that twelve years is the perfect age for a Malt. Taste is such a personal thing that’s it’s hard to say. But we have noticed that many of our favorite drams happen to be in the ballpark of a dozen years or so. Kurayoshi 12 Year Old Pure Malt is not exception.

All the bases are covered — pure Malt aged a full twelve years in new, lightly charred oak, and served up at an absolutely perfect 43% ABV without any of the unwelcome and unnecessary additives that no one really wants. And the result is certainly a sweet spot for us — mellowing the bright tones of the younger spirits into warm notes of nuts and toffee.

Want to hear the best part? It's 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 legendary volcanic stone filtered water of Tottori Prefecture.


Smartass Corner:
Mount Daisen is regarded by some ancient religious sects in Japan as a holy mountain — including the syncretic Shugendō faith of "the path of training and testing."

Flavor Spiral TM
  • nutty nutty
  • caramel caramel
  • vanilla vanilla
  • roasted roasted
  • mineral mineral
  • cherry cherry
  • sweet sweet
  • peaty peaty
  • pear pear

Appearance / Color
Warm Gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Warm roasted nuts and malt. 

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Vanilla toffee, sultanas, and toasted wood with a hint of tart cherry. 

Finish
Soft and smooth

About

Perfectly crafted and marvelously aged.

Matsui Shuzo 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.

A lot of Whisky lovers argue that twelve years is the perfect age for a Malt. Taste is such a personal thing that’s it’s hard to say. But we have noticed that many of our favorite drams happen to be in the ballpark of a dozen years or so. Kurayoshi 12 Year Old Pure Malt is not exception.

All the bases are covered — pure Malt aged a full twelve years in new, lightly charred oak, and served up at an absolutely perfect 43% ABV without any of the unwelcome and unnecessary additives that no one really wants. And the result is certainly a sweet spot for us — mellowing the bright tones of the younger spirits into warm notes of nuts and toffee.

Want to hear the best part? It's 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 legendary volcanic stone filtered water of Tottori Prefecture.


Smartass Corner:
Mount Daisen is regarded by some ancient religious sects in Japan as a holy mountain — including the syncretic Shugendō faith of "the path of training and testing."

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  • BrandKurayoshi
  • CategoryJapanese Whisky
  • CountryJapan
  • DistilleryKurayoshi
  • Age12 Year Old
  • Style Pure Malt Whisky
  • Maturation Lightly charred oak casks
  • Alcohol46.0%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 Warning.
Flavor Spiral TM
  • nutty nutty
  • caramel caramel
  • vanilla vanilla
  • roasted roasted
  • mineral mineral
  • cherry cherry
  • sweet sweet
  • peaty peaty
  • pear pear

Appearance / Color
Warm Gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Warm roasted nuts and malt. 

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Vanilla toffee, sultanas, and toasted wood with a hint of tart cherry. 

Finish
Soft and smooth

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