Located just a distiller’s leap from Kobe Bay, Eigashima is the closest whisky distillery to the coast in Japan. The ocean laden air is reflected in the whisky’s savoury, saline driven purity. Founded in 1888, Eigashima holds Japan’s first whisky license, issued in 1919. serious malt production did not begin until 1984, when the current copper pot stills were put into action and a focus on premium whiskies began at their “White Oak” facility. Following a program dedicated to crafting an insanely fine, super sipping whisky, they limit production to insure that quality is preeminent, making Eigashima’s Akashi one of the rarest whiskies on the planet.
Akashi is named after its hometown -- translated as the “Sun Rise City” -- where the owner’s family has been making traditional Japanese alcoholic beverages for over three centuries. Akashi whisky is blended in the scotch tradition, with Japanese precision, the malt is lightly peated, and vatting is mostly ex-bourbon barrels. The nose is very fruity with apricots and dried fruits, and a shy note of honey. -Distiller's Notes
Yamazaki Whisky is Suntory's flagship single malt whisky, from Japan’s first and oldest malt distillery, multi-layered with fruit and Mizunara aromas.
Nose: Raisin, apricot, cafe au lait, Mizunara (Japanese oak)
Palate: Blackberry, strawberry jam, dark chocolate
Finish: Long, spicy, smooth
95pts - Wine Enthusiast
"This is an excellent special-occasion single malt from Suntory. Look for a bold, luscious butterscotch, note, enlivened by touches of stone fruit, lychee, and a faint hint of smoke. The buttery-soft texture and amber color with bright orange-gold highlights add to the luxe experience."
93pts - Whisky Advocate
"Deep, mature in nature, and very complex. Notes of polished leather, maple syrup, and dark pit fruit, with suggestions of tobacco smoke, wood shavings, and unsweetened chocolate. References to fine old bourbon and ultra-matured pot-still rum provide intrigue. Proof that Japan produces some outstanding, distinctive whiskies. Nicely done!"