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.24 / February 2021.
AKKESHI Single Malt KANRO
The long-awaited full bottle single mat from Akkeshi Distillery. Kanro is the 17th of 24 solar terms, expressing Japan's seasons. The naming of each bottle going forward will be a different term. 55% abv is the targeted abv.
Japanese Single Malt / 55% abv / 700ml / 10000-20000 yen / Kenten Jitsugyo
Flavor: Smooth and gentle with a light touch. Umami and sweet. Please smokiness. Bitter chocolate comes after saltiness.
Overall: A uniqueness that holds its own while remaining delicate. Maybe better with grilled fish rather than meat. A quiet yet attractively complex man.
Flavor: Pepper spice, toasted barley, BBQ smoke, a touch of anise, grassy herb texture turns to oily citrus, olives, and the finish leaves alcohol and brine.
Overall: The multi-layered structure makes the heart race; the young age is an accent. Confront this one slowly.
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Mamoru Tsuchiya is Japan’s foremost whisky critic. He is the Representative Director of the Japan Whisky Research Centre, and was named one of the “World’s Best Five Whisky Writers” by Highland Distillers in 1998. He served as the whisky historian for NHK’s Massan and he has published several books such as The Complete Guide to Single Malt Whisky, Taketsuru’s Life and Whisky, and The Literacy of Whisky. He is the editor of the bimonthly Whisky Galore, Japan’s only print whisky magazine.