Akashi whisky is a product of Eigashima Distillery founded in 1888 to produce sake; in 1919 they obtained license to produce whisky but it took them more than four decades to get started.
The current distillery was built in 1984 and has been producing whisky for a few months a year while the main source of revenue being sake and shōchu. Akashi Red Blended Whisky is the latest offering from the distillery. It is so called “Ji-whisky” (Ji means local in the Japanese) and it’s an equivalent to American artisan whisky. Akashi Red consists of 34% of malt whisky (local and imported) aged for 3 to 5 years and 66% of grain and molasses spirit, some of which was aged.
Nose: slightly spirity, vanilla, apples, grapes, bunch of garden herbs, fresh pinewood and hints of lavender.
Palate: lots of apples, sweet cereals, vanilla, toffee, honey, pine needles and hints of citrus peel.
Finish: not too long, spirity, with notes of vanilla, oak and apples.