Kura The Whisky – Rum Cask Finish

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Japan
Type: Blended malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is ashy, sweet and fruity. There are notes of a big bucket of pears, cold ashes after a BBQ and honey sweetness. There’s a savory note in the dead center. It feels somewhat manufactured and all the different pieces just aren’t put together properly. They kind of float by themselves without touching each other. The peatiness is nice, the fruitiness and sweetness are nice and the savory note is, well… nice. But they seem not to be connected. A small hint of cardboard is also found in the background.

Mouth: It starts out very ashy and spicy. The pears are pushing the ashes aside and the cardboard note is now coming up to the front and that makes it a bit unpleasant. It’s still savory and a dry oak shows up on the palate. Somewhere along the line a butterscotch note appears. It turns slightly bitter after a few sips. It’s still very fruity though. It still feels disconnected and unsettled.

Finish: The fruitiness is now taking control and the peatiness and ashes almost disappear altogether. The oak arrives quite late. It’s dry and a little bit dusty. The savory note returns and just a whiff of the ashes return late in the finish. A vanilla note comes through the oakiness in the end. It’s a decent dram, it just feels like an unfinished puzzle, where the pieces on their own look… nice.

Additional information
Kura the whisky is a blended malt from the Helios Distillery. It’s made from 3-18 YO sourced whisky from Scotland and finished in ex-rom casks in Japan.

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