Kirin's new entry-level whisky has now been announced: it's called Kirin Whiskey Pure & Mellow Riku Land Discovery, and is slated for release on May 20th.It's a helluva name. For starters they are now calling it whiskey instead of whisky. Perhaps that's due to what appears to be an increased reliance on grain rather than malt whisky.
Kirin says we should expect orange, vanilla, floral notes as well as some spices on the nose. Then for the palate and finish they literally say it tastes like a cask.
So this is the replacement for Kirin's Sanroku 50 that was discontinued last year. Riku Land Discovery comes in at 50% abv and 500ml. Being entry-level, it's priced at only 1518 yen after tax.