Akashi whisky is a product of Eigashima Distillery, founded 1888 to produce sake. The company obtained license to produce whisky in 1919 but it took 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. After years of experiments with malts of various phenols’ level the company decided on lightly peated malt with phenols content of 5ppm. The first release of single cask took place in 2013, the one presented here from 2018 comprises whisky aged in ex-cognac casks for over five years and finished in red wine cask no. 61695.
Nose: fruity and oaky, strawberries, raspberries, red currants, cocoa powder, orange peel, roasted almonds and dash of vanilla.
Palate: dried red fruits, coconut flakes, banana bread, milk chocolate, cinnamon, hints of pepper and ginger and good amount of oak tannins.
Finish: medium long, with delicate notes of red fruits, chocolate, roasted almonds, pepper and oak.