Kategoriarkiv: Kurayoshi

The Matsui Mizunara Oak

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Japan
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is young and aromatic. At first there’s a young and fruity distillate coming through with green fruits and a base of wet cardboard. Above there’s a cloud of cinnamon and very fragrant oakiness. There’s also a thin sweetness in the center. The whole thing is very light and it really lacks richness and depth. With time the Mizunara oak becomes more pronounced and a bit of honey emerges from the sweetness. This is too light and uninteresting on the nose.

Mouth: It starts out very sweet. After a few seconds the fruity, young distillate sort of crawls up around the edges. The cardboard note persists. There’s a spicyness slowly increasing which gives it a much needed powerup. The fragrant oak is still creating a cloud above everything else. A liquorice root note start so appear somewhere in the background. It feels a bit richer on the palate, but it still holds a light character.

Finish: The spicyness makes a small last appearance but subsides fairly quick. The cardboard note is still very much in focus and it’s not fruity anymore. There’s still some cinnamon left while the fragrant oakiness takes over more and more, and it doesn’t take long before it’s all that’s left. The Mizunara oak gives it a special character but the finish ends quickly. It’s just not enough to give it an interesting profile. This is a rather boring whisky.

Additional information
This Matsui whisky is made at the Kurayoshi distillery and it’s aged in Mizunara Oak for an undisclosed amount of time. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

The Kurayoshi 12 YO – Pure Malt

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Japan
Type: Blended Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is very fruity and floral. There’s foremost green fruits. Pears and grapes are its main features. There’s not much of a cask influence at first but some notes of vanilla, honey and a dusty oak continuously move forward as time passes in the glass. The distillate is coming through and there’s a cardboardy note in the background. It feels a bit brittle but sweet and friendly.

Mouth: This is very mild and quite dusty. It’s got an immediate bitter baseline and the honey sweetness is up front together with the fruitiness, which now has turned more towards red juicy apples. The oak arrives early and the vanilla is a little more pronounced now. There’s a spicy touch to it but patience is needed to find it.

Finish: A bit ”boozy” at first. A big spike of green fruitiness comes back but quickly gets covered with vanilla and honey. After a while everything gets overpowered by the oak. The oakiness is very pleasant with a nuttiness to it. It’s a mix of walnuts and hazelnuts. There’s no astringency whatsoever even though the oak tastes like there should be. It’s a long and quite pleasant finish. It lacks some depth and character, but it’s a very nice experience overall.

Additional information
This is created by the Matsui distillery. The ”pure malt” statement refers to the fact that its content is a mix of Japanese and Scottish malts aged in american ex-bourbon oak barrels, in Japan.