Info on the label states: ‘Eigashima Sake brewing co.,Ltd. was established in the city of Akashi, Hyogo Japan, in 1888. It was licensed to produce whisky in 1919’.
This won’t take long. Any whisky stating a ‘wood finish’ instead of an age statement is a concern. It’s another way of saying winter’s/summer’s, founders rare old reserve. Currently £61 [Jan ’17], for a 50cl NAS!
N: Even if little else, there’s a nice balance between the mash and the oak.
T: Easy arrival. It’s age soon shows as does the blender’s skill in tempering its youthfulness. Oily humus mouthfeel with green sticks dipped into putty/porridge.
F: Light porridge-y distillate, coppery water and some rock salt.
C: Even if it hasn’t been given a chance to develop [not that that was never the plan], this is another Japanese whisky with competency at its heart, ideally executed for the delight of bartenders.
Scores a D+