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! This is the second bottle of four we'll be reviewing.
Kaiyō Japanese Mizunara Oak Cask Strength Whisky weighs in at 53% abv, which as far as cask strength whiskies go, is fairly low.
Again we have no age statement, so if you're a Japanese whisky age-statement die-hard, you'll be disappointed. In case it's not obvious already, I am not an age-statement die-hard -- I would likely just be drinking brandy or bourbon these days, were that the case.
So let's give this whisky a try!
Review: Kaiyō Japanese Mizunara Oak Cask Strength Whisky
Nose: Prune, apricot, dried orange, spiced oak
Palate: Slightly rubbery with blackcurrant, heavy malt, and salted chocolate-vanilla spice. That orange disappeared...
Finish: Starts with a mild heat, with a long ending of chocolate and mizunara oak
Price paid: Blah, 750ml, 53% abv
While still fairly young, this is definitely a whisky for mizunara fans looking for more of a kick over the original Kaiyō Whisky. The higher heat highlights the spicier points, but dig deeper and you'll find a basket of salted fruits and chocolates.
Whiskey Richard is the founder of nomunication.jp, and has been saying he has lived in Japan for ten years for the past four years. He enjoys drinking basically anything except straight-up Campari.