Shinobu Blended Japanese Whisky
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  • nutty
  • peaty
  • slightly sweet
  • lemon
  • apple
  • black pepper
  • spicy
  • vegetal
  • toasted

Shinobu

Blended Japanese Whisky (0.75l, 43%)
Price $54.99

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Character Goatson
A Blended Japanese Whisky that shines naturally with a bright, "fruit and sea" profile.

On the North side of Japan near Niigata, the Shonibu Distillery sits just about 300 yards from the Sea of Japan. Entrepreneur Ken Usami has been brewing Niigata Beer in this idyllic location for more than twenty years. And he was the first person to be licensed to distill Whisky in the entire prefecture in 2017. Ever since, he has been sourcing premium Spirits and finishing them in rare, Mizunara oak. These early efforts have been paying off with robust sales and a dozen awards across his product range

Shinobu Blended Japanese Whisky is quite a dram. It is a blend of 50% malt and 50% grain Whiskies. Each are aged respectively in ex-Sherry and ex-Bourbon casks. Then the two are married and placed to finish in rare Mizunara oak and bottled at 43% ABV with no artificial coloring. It’s a delightful Japanese Whisky with a light, satisfying profile.

Smartass Corner:
The Japanese word "Shonibu" translates roughly as "forbearance" or "endurance," reflecting one of the qualities of the Samurai Spirit.
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Appearance / Color
Pale Gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma is bright with notes of sea spray, vegetable stew, a hint of peat, and a little sweetness.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The interesting sea-salt note is carried through to the palate with slow-roasted nuts, Meyer lemon zest, a bit of apple, and a dash of black pepper kick.

Finish
The finish is medium-length and slick with a light spice after-burn.
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  • nutty
  • peaty
  • slightly sweet
  • lemon
  • apple
  • black pepper
  • spicy
  • vegetal
  • toasted
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Character Dogson
Japanese Whisky is connected both to Scotch and Bourbon. It’s a Scotch-style Spirit that’s matured in climates similar to Kentucky’s.
Japanese Single Malts, like Scotch, are double-distilled in pot stills. Grain Whiskies, on the other hand, are distilled in column stills.
The two biggest Whisky producers in Japan and major rivals are Nikka and Suntory.
In recent years, Japanese Whiskies have won several top prizes at the World Whisky Awards and have consistently scored higher than Scotch Whiskies in blind tastings. Talk about a student surpassing the master!
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 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.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Japanese Whisky is connected both to Scotch and Bourbon. It’s a Scotch-style Spirit that’s matured in climates similar to Kentucky’s.
Japanese Single Malts, like Scotch, are double-distilled in pot stills. Grain Whiskies, on the other hand, are distilled in column stills.
The two biggest Whisky producers in Japan and major rivals are Nikka and Suntory.
In recent years, Japanese Whiskies have won several top prizes at the World Whisky Awards and have consistently scored higher than Scotch Whiskies in blind tastings. Talk about a student surpassing the master!
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 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.
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