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A refreshing masterpiece from the Land of the Rising Sun.
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 Daisenf— 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 The San – In Blended Whisky is proof of their endless mastery. A blend of Mitsui’s own Malt and carefully sourced Grain Whiskies, it was aged in white oak barrels. The pure soft spring water from under Mount Daisen makes the fruity flavors even smoother and more mellow, making this a super approachable yet very well-structured Whisky. A Gold medal at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and Gold at the International Spirits Challenge are just proof of our thoughts on paper: that this light and refreshing Whisky is an outstanding example of what modern Japanese Whisky can be.
Appearance / Color
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Subtle with aromas of poached peached pears, dried peaches, and oatmeal.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Fruity and well-structured with notes of peaches, thyme, apricot, and lime zest.
Long and lingering.
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