Even the greatest enthusiasts of Japanese whisky may not be familiar with Matsui Shuzo Distillery.
Founded in 1910 in Tottori Prefecture on southwestern Honshu, it is part of Matsui Breweries, which makes traditional Japanese sake and shōchu. The company also produces malt whisky under Kurayoshi brand and grain whisky under Tottori nameplate. Little is known about Kurayoshi’s formula, it comprises malt whiskies sourced from distilleries around Scotland and vatted with Japanese malt whisky. After vatting process is completed the whisky is cut to proof with local, volcanic rocks filtered water. The Kurayoshi expression presented here is a vatting of whiskies aged for a minimum of 12 years.
Nose: pretty complex, breakfast cereals, raisins, milk chocolate, toffee, apples, pears, lemon grass, hay, touch of mint and distant whiff of sea breeze.
Palate: buttered toast, peaches, apples, orange peel, chocolate-coated raisins, caramel, toffee, salted nuts and delicate oaky notes.
Finish: medium long, with notes of caramel, roasted nuts, apples, dash of ginger and oak.