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 water filtered through volcanic rocks. The Kurayoshi expression presented here is a vatting of whiskies aged for a minimum of 8 years.
Nose: malty and fruity, green apples, pears, honeydew melon, kiwi, sweet cereals, hay, roasted nuts and hints of oak shavings.
Palate: sweet and fruity, vanilla, caramel, honey, baked apples, gooseberries, orange peel, almonds and delicate mineral note.
Finish: not too long, smooth, with notes of vanilla, apples, hints of hay and oak.