In our recent report we learned much more about the story behind Kaiyō Whisky. This puts us in a better position to get into the whiskies themselves! Four different bottles will be reviewed over the coming weeks.
The first whisky on the roster is named simply Kaiyō Japanese Mizunara Oak Whisky. As the entry point to the brand, it should give us a good idea of what Kaiyō is all about. Like we discussed, this juice is distilled in Japan, then aged both within Japan and partially at sea. The label offers no age statement.
So does that aging at sea actually make a difference? Let's find out.
Review: Kaiyō Japanese Mizunara Oak Whisky
Nose: Pear and wood dust, dried oranges
Palate: Light, fruity and full of vanilla, with smidgen of leather. Delicate across the tongue.
Finish: Long and oaky, chewy, closing out a bit vegetative, salty, and spicy.
Price paid: $64.99, 750ml, 43% abv
My guess would be it's quite young, yet still decently rounded and well-balanced. Mizunara does its job quite well -- it's as spicy as you need it to be. I could go for a bit more depth in the nose, but this is a solid introduction to the series.
Thanks again to Alligator Char for bringing these all the way from the US!