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Overall rating
80.78/100
votes
60
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Akashi
Number of bottles
4000
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Barcode
4969265721241
Added on
12 Nov 2013 7:38 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 74,14

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60 × member ratings

110 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for White Oak NAS

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.78 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 84 points Administrator

    In times where fake Japanese whisky is flooding the market, it is refreshing to have malts like Akashi. Originally a sake producer, Eigashima built White Oak Distillery in 1984. The nose of this Single Malt is very Japanese: polite, elegant and restrained. Yeast dough, maple syrup and shortbread mix with anise, lime and hints of baked apple. Honey-sweet and full-bodied in the arrival, the taste develops gingery and oaky with matcha green tea, juniper and sour berries. Licorice, fresh herbs and fading tannins mark the substantial finish. What a pleasant surprise!

    RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 84 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  2. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I like it, rather unusual, interesting nose, interesting taste, but no whisky for everyone or every day. 60 € / 0.5 are of course fierce, for the experience, I think the OK, he would even try a few more times, but for "comfortable drinking" I would not put a whole bottle, because he would be too exhausting then / expensive.
    • Nose
      interesting - fresh, dry, a splash of lemon, a velvety, slightly sweet spice, cinnamon, star anise, caramel ... a touch of dry herbs ... there is also vanilla and coconut, a little reminiscent of 1st-fill-bourbon jams
    • Taste
      more vigorous than the nose suggests, not velvety and the sweetness is more in the background (but present, caramel, milk chocolate), the herbs / hay / grass / green tea and spicy sharpness dominate, which has neat pepper ... goes well.
    • Finish
      long, milk chocolate, white pepper, camillan

  3. SRB scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      77 77

  4. peatbogger scored this whisky 81 points Specialist

    Thanks for a sample of this.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Fresh and very clean.
      Sweet on vanilla with a drop of bitter citrus.
      Maybe a tiny whaft of smoke.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Very creamy, almost thick texture.
      Sweet and relatively spicy.
      Some sort of dark flavour I don't recognize gradually emerging, almost like burnt plastic.
    • Finish
      79 79
      A medium lenght, with some crisp red berries, then turning almost floral with growing tannic and drying oak notes.

  5. rolabob scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  6. Andytka3 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    N- Honey, malt, rock sugar, warm sake and prunes. Good solid nougat candy, humus and cereal at heart with complex offering of chrysanthemum, oily oak, dried fruit on the edge. Good strength with penetrating oak-y heats which may be wee offensive, but the young spirit grassy and reedy notes were well rounded with choking earthy smokes that derives with floral nuance. Raw and young but with good substance. (86/20)

    P- Bold with firm structure. Drift of sulphur integrated well into the spicy oak and sweet dried fruits. Oily new make texture sparred the chewy rubber. Warm maltose honey mix, dash of ginger extracts. Not quite the "Japanese" DNA, which actually make this rather appearing if to compare this to some of the "soothing and pleasing" dram from the land of rising sun. (87/21)

    F- Medium, dry and crisp, soft clove and spices. Chewiness remains on palate with hefty but good spiciness that lasts. (85/19)

    Body/Balance- May be young, but bold and fearsome, don't be fool by the short, fat and round cute bottle. (87/21+1 for being able to wow)
    • Nose
      N- Honey, malt, rock sugar, warm sake and prunes. Good solid nougat candy, humus and cereal at heart with complex offering of chrysanthemum, oily oak, dried fruit on the edge. Good strength with penetrating oak-y heats which may be wee offensive, but the young spirit grassy and reedy notes were well rounded with choking earthy smokes that derives with floral nuance. Raw and young but with good substance. (86/20)
    • Taste
      P- Bold with firm structure. Drift of sulphur integrated well into the spicy oak and sweet dried fruits. Oily new make texture sparred the chewy rubber. Warm maltose honey mix, dash of ginger extracts. Not quite the "Japanese" DNA, which actually make this rather appearing if to compare this to some of the "soothing and pleasing" dram from the land of rising sun. (87/21)
    • Finish
      F- Medium, dry and crisp, soft clove and spices. Chewiness remains on palate with hefty but good spiciness that lasts. (85/19)

      Body/Balance- May be young, but bold and fearsome, don't be fool by the short, fat and round cute bottle. (87/21+1 for being able to wow)

  7. Macheye scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

    Akashi Single Malt is not a total disaster, but it’s not hugely enjoyable either. To my taste, there are far too many artificial tasting flavours in here. Rubber and plastic and similar slightly synthetic flavours can work, but only when they’re integrated and part of a greater whole – here, they feel like they’ve escaped from a home chemistry set – they sit uncomfortably, sadly out of balance. There’s an OK underlying spirit here, and were the age-statement Akashi’s more affordable (hint: they get prohibitively expensive the moment you stick even a small number of them) I’d happily explorer the distillery’s range more fully. But, as an introduction to their single malt range, this is fairly poor, overpriced and not hugely enjoyable either.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/white-oak/akashi-single-malt/
    • Nose
      Initially incredibly shy, but opens quickly in the glass. Sour lemons and oranges sit uncomfortably with bready, yeast and copper. Youth is apparent already. There’s a slight smoke here, though it seems rather acrid, almost akin to burning plasticine or melted bubblewrap. Strange. Sweetness is perceptible from undefined fruits and some gently honey, but it does not counter the sour aromas, not the bitterness of both oak and plastic/rubber. Water improves things, reducing sourness and acrid plastic and emphasising honey. Not a great start.
    • Taste
      A reasonably filling mouthfeel, but one which delivers some strange flavours – undigested sugars and a very odd spice mix – cumin, allspice, masala and ginger, but all seemingly rubbed under someone’s armpit – musky, musty and frankly sweaty. Yeastiness continues on the palate and is joined by we soil earthiness. Woodiness is very present, though tasting more like ply and chipboard than grandiose old lacquered furniture. There’s some interesting underlying herbalness here – it reminds me of bitters. A few drops of water adds in some green flavours – cactus and aloe (both quite usual and interesting), as well as some doughy bread.
    • Finish
      Short with bitter drying spice and cheap MDF.

  8. whiskypaule scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      76 76

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    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+

  10. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Has very strange notes and a strange aftertaste, meant something stale, but somehow positive. Difficult to grade something like that.
    • Nose
      Marko agreed first, star anise as from the baker's room for Christmas, then weird, dried kitchen herbs of thyme on rosemary, etc., hay, an old chocolate bar, but already with this matte layer on it, Brazil nut, flour, Barley, away cinnamon. Except that both have a very strange nose, the two White Oaks have nothing in common in the nose
    • Taste
      Ok, very own. Hay, dried fruit with nutmeg on it, and again this star anise, I rarely had that intense, caramel, citrus notes, sugar pieces, marshmallow, later also apricot, vanilla, some dry oak
    • Finish
      Eichig with sweet apricot and sugar syrup, honey melon

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