Hatozaki is a whisky brand from obscured Kaikyō Distillery named after the oldest lighthouse in Japan.
The Yonezawa family has been distilling sake since 1917 and a hundred years later (September 2018) applied for whisky distilling license. The distillery sits in front of Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge, which has the longest span of any suspension bridge (1991 meters). Little is known about the formula of Hatozaki blend, it is a marriage of malt and grain whiskies (domestic and imported) aged in various types of casks including ex-bourbon, ex-sherry and Mizunara oak for up to 12 years. The US importer, Niche Import Company, claims that malt whisky content is no less than 40%.
Nose: light and sweet, breakfast cereals, vanilla, peaches, nectarines, banana bread, lemon grass and hints of oak shavings.
Palate: sweet cereals, vanilla, honey, icing sugar, ripe apples and peaches, bunch of fresh herbs and touch of oak.
Finish: medium long, with notes of sugared nuts, sweet cereals, vanilla, summer fruit and subtle oaky dryness.