Review: Kawasaki 29 year old sherry butt #7414, Whisky Live Tokyo 2011

Kawasaki is considered the sister distillery to Karuizawa and produced grain whiskies with a supposedly 90% corn mashbill. Unfortunately, times were rough and the distillery closed because the new owners (Kirin) weren’t interested in whisky (but now they produce both malt and grain whiskies at 富士御殿場, Kirin Fuji Gotemba, talk about poor business decisions. I wonder if they regret that decision now). Ichiro Akuto (Ichiro’s Choice) bought the remaining stock at Karuizawa and Kawasaki and released them over time. Only 674 bottles for this 2011 release! Had this shot at Sexy Fish Bar in London.

Nose: smooth honey, definite sherry notes, which with some time changes to honey.

Palate: tofu honey, liquid seems like some honey.

Finish: beautiful notes of sweetness.

Dry glass is wood honey. I understand there isn’t much in terms of tasting notes, but again it helps readers better understand my baseline. This is a really good pour…. I’ve always had a weakness for these “grain” whiskies, especially those sherried ones that Kawasaki usually releases.

Grade: A

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