[Premium] The Tasting: Riku, Taketsuru, Togouchi Sake Cask Finish, Tsunuki The First

Text: Mamoru Tsuchiya, with tasting notes provided by tasters where noted
Photos: Ayumi Fujita (bottles)
Translation: Whiskey Richard

This article originally appeared in Japanese in Whisky Galore Vol.21 / August 2020.


Riku is a World Blended whisky from Kirin, released in May 2020. It is made primarily of grain from the Fuji Gotemba Distillery, and is supposedly enjoyable regardless of how you choose to drink it.

World Blended / 50% abv / 500ml / Under 3000 yen / Kirin Beer


82 Aroma: Fresh pear and fig. On the other hand, there’s the mellow aromas of brown rice biscuits and strawberry jam. A union of both thin and thick lines.
Flavor: Yellow peach, bitter orange. Stout like chocolate-covered gummies. Processed cheese afterward. The shock when you find out a different character is actually the criminal.
Overall: Plenty of variety and versatility. Can add flowers to all kinds of scenes. Change up the way you drink it, or what you drink it with, for more fun.
82 Aroma: Quietly floating. Germ biscuits, yokan, patent leather. Mellow and light, with a not-uncomfortable enamel quality.
Flavor: Lightly fruity, calm grain, and each ingredient comes at you slowly. Should be great for a summer highball.
Overall: Could easily be mistaken for a lighter Bourbon in a blind tasting. Not in my strike zone, but a good showing with a grain-first swing.

This is an exclusive article from Whisky Galore, Japan's only whisky/spirits magazine. It has 11 more tasting notes.

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