The Shinobu Pure Malt Japanese Whisky
*please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • vanilla
  • citrus zest
  • woody
  • coffee
  • fudge
  • lemon
  • oak
  • earthy
  • apricot

The Shinobu

Pure Malt Japanese Whisky (0.7l, 43%*) *please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary

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A delicate and woody blend of Japanese malt Spirits triple-wood aged.

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.

Like its sister vintage drams, Shinobu Pure Malt Japanese Whisky has spent most of its time aging in ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks. Then it was finished in those rare and delightfully expensive Mizunara oak barrels. It is a blend of 100% malt Spirits, with masterfully balanced profile. But Whisky-lovers will notice the influence of the Mizunara right away — with dense, wood-forward notes.

Smartass Corner:
The Japanese word "Shonibu" translates roughly as "forbearance," reflecting one of the qualities of the Samurai Spirit.

*please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.

Appearance / Color
Medium Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma leads with wood tones — sandalwood and oak — over vanilla with hints of dark coffee and citrus zest.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate is complex and satisfying with notes of café au lait, vanilla fudge, and lemon cream over citrus zest and deep earthy oak.

Finish
The finish is medium length with more wood and a surprising apricot note.

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  • vanilla
  • citrus zest
  • woody
  • coffee
  • fudge
  • lemon
  • oak
  • earthy
  • apricot
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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.
Japanese Single Malts, like Scotch, are double-distilled in pot stills. Grain Whiskies, on the other hand, are distilled in column stills.
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!
Japan is the second biggest producer of Single Malt Whisky in the world.
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 two biggest Whisky producers in Japan are Nikka and Suntory, major rivals.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
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.
Japanese Single Malts, like Scotch, are double-distilled in pot stills. Grain Whiskies, on the other hand, are distilled in column stills.
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!
Japan is the second biggest producer of Single Malt Whisky in the world.
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 two biggest Whisky producers in Japan are Nikka and Suntory, major rivals.
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