The Akkeshi Peated

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
24 Solar term series
Bourbon, Sherry, Wine & Mizunara Casks
Number of bottles
55.0 % Vol.
700 ml
"Cold Drops of Dew"
Added on
08 Oct 2020 10:36 am by maltaholic

Average value

€ 511.05

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70 × member ratings

276 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for The Akkeshi Peated

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.17 points

  1. voodoochile scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great first outing of this japanese distillery. It is exciting and well worth a try. Looking forward to their next bottlings and hope they won't be as rare as the also very tasty Chichibus.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Rosted salty banana, bacon a little burnt rubber and vanilla.
    • Taste
      88 88
      First off it is sweet and light almost elegant. Notes of black pepper and smoke with dark chocolate
    • Finish
      88 88
      Smoky and long a fire at the beach. The black pepper says goodbye and waves a salute.

  2. 7731miles scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    combination of smoke, citrus, ocean breeze and earth. No alcohol burn from the 55% abv. Very nicely integrated.

    dry pallet with flavours of fruity sweet smoked bacon. Quite a variety of fruit; I got strawberry, orange, lemon and green apple. The fruitiness is followed by sugary sweetness, like chewing on a “Satoukibi” sugarcane glazed in white chocolate. Every now and then, hint of smoked bacon and salty ocean breeze.

    quite quick and not too different from the nose and pallet. For me, green apple stood out at the finish.

    Overall: I like it! It’s not a bad whisky at all and I would buy 2 bottles for the RRP of 16,500 yen (120-130£). But with the crazy secondary market price, I would definitely go for something else.

  3. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    15ml / ¥600 @ Isetan.

    Appearance: Amber brown.

    Nose: Campfire, caramel, butter, iodine, malt sugar. Very malty.

    Palate: Sweet caramel, toffee, smoke. Simple and very sweet.

    Finish: Peppery, smoky, honey and caramel.

    Overall: Sweet and simple. Does show potential but the hype and prices already surrounding this are frankly ridiculous.

  4. Mannix65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    weird part, which is quite interesting - but seems immature to me - the smoke dominates
    • Nose
      86 86
      Smoke and cold campfire ash, vanilla and crema catalan
    • Taste
      84 84
      In the mouth, the smoke has a sour touch, quite sharp, unripe watermelon, unripe gooseberry - very green
    • Finish
      86 86
      straw smoke lingers in the cheeks and throat for a long time

  5. whiskydramo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Medical bandage. Nutmeg, thyme, sage, earth, smoked date,  toffee, peat, burnt wood, iodine. Cinnamon
      Special wood like cedar and sandalwood, with a bit of animal feed in a barnyard. Fruit leaf. Hay near the bottom.
      Interesting and special nosing!
    • Taste
      88 88
      Not so sweet, toffee, dark chocolate, pepper, scattering spiciness, smoked date, wet red earth, peat, lots of bitter herbs. Strong cedar as you chew, barnyard again.
      mid-to-heavy body
    • Finish
      87 87
      smoked date, pepper powder especially at the throat
      burnt wood, iodine.
      ash and light wood bitterness lingering for a long time.
      fresh fruit leaf and stem returns after a min or two.

  6. hlz30 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    While the shape of Akkeshi's pot stills resembeled those in Lagavulin, the nose and tastes remined me more of Talisker
    • Nose
      85 85
      Sour and briny on the nose. Well-done redbean soup, salty sea breeze, rusty metal, tar, bandage, pine wood and rubber. There is a hint of ripen tropical fruit but. Salted butter mixed with iodine in an emptied glass.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Rather light and thin, lacking a rich body. Well integrated alcohol.
      Impressively sweet then turned into zesty lemon juice, followed by burt-wood bitterness. Wax, burnt wood smokes
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium to long (thanks to the smokes). Plant-derived peat, burnt wood smoke, but I am missing the peppers.

  7. skeuma scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The nose offers an extinguished campfire, peat, solvent, a hint of lemon, some herbs and seaweed, malt and spray. It's a little simple and a little shy to be remarkable but it works. The presence of fruit would have been welcome. In the mouth the alcohol is very well integrated, with a warm and suave entry into the smoked malt, some undefined fruits (also shy). Final on bitter herbaceous notes and smoke. The whole could make one think of a young caol ila. It's fine, well done but in my opinion too simple and boring to justify the asking price.

  8. Derufus scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. chichibufan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Impressive distillery from Hokkaido. They used Japanese peat from Northern Hokkaido. Excellent and unique character of the spirit. When you followed the path of Akkeshi, you feel all the passion they put into their products. The new make was already excellent and each foundation bottle showed the great potential of and how good they can handle maturation in different types of casks (ex-bourbon, ex-sherry, mizunara).

    Now Kanro - Edition No. 1 comes with a triple maturation (ex-bourbon, ex-sherry, mizunara). Pleasant fruity notes (strawberry!!!) and an intense impact of peat. It's not the cold, dry and medicinal peat like Ardbeg, Laphroaig... it feels a bit like very fruity Caol Ila or gentlemen Ledaig.

    Of course, Chichibu The Peated is more into the face, but remember, Chichibu uses imported peated malt from Islay. So Akkeshi is more based to the natural character of Hokkaido peat, which has less ppm, but much more fruity notes.

    Bottle design and packaging is outstanding, no doubt this will be a game changer in Japan, Chichibu, Shizuoka and now Akkeshi.

    RRP JP 15.000Y / EU 250 EUR


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