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Kurayoshi Pure Malt Whisky

Kurayoshi Pure Malt Whisky

Size: 0,75 l
(46.0% ABV)
$72.99
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  • BrandKurayoshi
  • CategoryJapanese Whisky
  • CountryJapan
  • DistilleryBlended malt (Scotland & Japan)
  • Age3 Year Old
  • Style Pure Malt Whisky
  • Maturation Ex-Bourbon casks
  • Alcohol46.0%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 Warning.

The Pure Malt that started it all on the Sea of Japan.

Matsui Shuzou 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.

When Matsui Shuzo Distillery started out more than one hundred years ago, they only produced Sake and Shōchū. Whiskies were added later, and this is the one that started it all. Kurayoshi Pure Malt Whisky 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 famous volcanic stone filtered water. The spirit is distilled in copper pot stills and aged in ex-Bourbon casks for a minimum of three years before being bottled at 46% ABV — the perfect strength if you ask us. This core offering exhibits the signature flavor profile of Kurayoshi Whiskies with an emphasis on raisins, warm nuts, and vanilla.

Flavor Spiral TM
  • vanilla vanilla
  • raisin raisin
  • nutty nutty
  • tangy tangy
  • spicy spicy
  • mineral mineral
  • almonds almonds
  • barley barley
  • smoky smoky

Appearance / Color
Golden Straw. 

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Warm mixed nuts and raisin.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Vanilla up front with almonds and a youthful spice.

Finish
Long and tangy. 

Smartass corner: 
Shōchū is an un-aged, Japanese distilled spirit that — like Vodka — can be made from almost any base ingredient. It is usually between 25% and 35% ABV, placing it between Wine and Whiskies is alcohol content.

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The Pure Malt that started it all on the Sea of Japan.

Matsui Shuzou 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.

When Matsui Shuzo Distillery started out more than one hundred years ago, they only produced Sake and Shōchū. Whiskies were added later, and this is the one that started it all. Kurayoshi Pure Malt Whisky 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 famous volcanic stone filtered water. The spirit is distilled in copper pot stills and aged in ex-Bourbon casks for a minimum of three years before being bottled at 46% ABV — the perfect strength if you ask us. This core offering exhibits the signature flavor profile of Kurayoshi Whiskies with an emphasis on raisins, warm nuts, and vanilla.

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  • BrandKurayoshi
  • CategoryJapanese Whisky
  • CountryJapan
  • DistilleryBlended malt (Scotland & Japan)
  • Age3 Year Old
  • Style Pure Malt Whisky
  • Maturation Ex-Bourbon casks
  • Alcohol46.0%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 Warning.
Flavor Spiral TM
  • vanilla vanilla
  • raisin raisin
  • nutty nutty
  • tangy tangy
  • spicy spicy
  • mineral mineral
  • almonds almonds
  • barley barley
  • smoky smoky

Appearance / Color
Golden Straw. 

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Warm mixed nuts and raisin.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Vanilla up front with almonds and a youthful spice.

Finish
Long and tangy. 

Smartass corner: 
Shōchū is an un-aged, Japanese distilled spirit that — like Vodka — can be made from almost any base ingredient. It is usually between 25% and 35% ABV, placing it between Wine and Whiskies is alcohol content.

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Cesar
Smooth taste and finish. Inte...

Smooth taste and finish. Interesting taste but not overpowering and doesn't seem to linger. Added to my home bar collection.

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