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Kurayoshi 8 Year Old Pure Malt Whisky

Kurayoshi 8 Year Old Pure Malt Whisky

Size: 0,75 l
(46.0% ABV)
$91.99
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  • BrandKurayoshi
  • CategoryJapanese Whisky
  • CountryJapan
  • DistilleryBlended malt (Scotland & Japan)
  • Age8 Year Old
  • Style Pure Malt Whisky
  • Maturation Ex-Bourbon white oak casks
  • Alcohol46.0%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 Warning.

A fruit-forward dram with a highland temperament.

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.

Kurayoshi 8 Year Old Pure Malt Whisky
has been aged a bit differently than it’s siblings. Obviously, it has been aged eight years, which you can tell by the name. But instead of new oak or Sherry casks, this dram has aged in ex-Bourbon, white oak casks. It’s is 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 soft ground waters of the legendary volcanic stone filtered water of Tottori Prefecture. The good folks at Matui Shuzo Distillery execute very well and deliver the goods with a complex, ripe mouth feel and gentle orange notes that will remind you of a classic Highland Single Malt.

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
  • almonds almonds
  • malty malty
  • orange zest orange zest
  • green apple green apple
  • vanilla vanilla
  • caramel caramel
  • oak oak
  • fruit fruit
  • nutty nutty
Appearance / Color
Golden straw

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Almonds and malt

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Fruit-forward with green apple, more almond, orange zest, vanilla, caramel. 

Finish
Gentle and smooth

About

A fruit-forward dram with a highland temperament.

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.

Kurayoshi 8 Year Old Pure Malt Whisky
has been aged a bit differently than it’s siblings. Obviously, it has been aged eight years, which you can tell by the name. But instead of new oak or Sherry casks, this dram has aged in ex-Bourbon, white oak casks. It’s is 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 soft ground waters of the legendary volcanic stone filtered water of Tottori Prefecture. The good folks at Matui Shuzo Distillery execute very well and deliver the goods with a complex, ripe mouth feel and gentle orange notes that will remind you of a classic Highland Single Malt.

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
  • DistilleryBlended malt (Scotland & Japan)
  • Age8 Year Old
  • Style Pure Malt Whisky
  • Maturation Ex-Bourbon white oak casks
  • Alcohol46.0%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 Warning.
Flavor Spiral TM
  • almonds almonds
  • malty malty
  • orange zest orange zest
  • green apple green apple
  • vanilla vanilla
  • caramel caramel
  • oak oak
  • fruit fruit
  • nutty nutty
Appearance / Color
Golden straw

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Almonds and malt

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Fruit-forward with green apple, more almond, orange zest, vanilla, caramel. 

Finish
Gentle and smooth

Customer Reviews

Based on 1731 reviews
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J
Jonathan
Smooth and bright with fruity ...

Smooth and bright with fruity notes

T
Terry
Really liked it.

Really liked it.

R
Ray
'+1 to the comment about it tas...

'+1 to the comment about it tasting like cognac. Very fruity and light.

Good summertime sipper.

The nose is pretty boring. Some light fruit, but mostly just ethanol. This dram shines in the palate--grapes, plums, apples & vanilla. The finish is straightforward and mild.

Really like it.

A
Ami
Pretty Darn Good!

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B
Brent
Very nice fruity and floral ar...

Very nice fruity and floral aromas. Pretty smooth with good flavors - citrus to start; spicy to finish. However, I do agree with other reviews that it's definitely not worth the price point it is set at. There are better whiskies for less money.