Matsui Shuzo Distillery was founded in 1910 in Tottori Prefecture on southwestern Honshu. It is part of Matsui Breweries, which makes traditional Japanese sake and shōchu. The company produces blended and grain whisky under Tottori brand and malt whisky under Kurayoshi nameplate. Little is known about Tottori blend formula, we believe it is a mixture of Japanese and Scottish malt and grain whiskies (what is perfectly legal according to Japanese law) aged in ex-bourbon barrels. The company states that no component used in the blend is younger than three years. The whiskies are blended at Matsui Shuzo Distillery, cut with local mountain spring water and bottled without chill-filtration.
Nose: sweet, vanilla, cotton candy, breakfast cereals, peaches, apples, lemon peel and fading hint of smoke.
Palate: smooth, with load of breakfast cereals, vanilla, caramel, hard candy, hints of hay and oak.
Finish: medium long, with notes of vanilla, brown sugar, ripe grapes and touch of toasted oak.