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.23 / December 2020.
Kanosuke New Born 2020
Kanosuke New Born 2020 is new pot distilled in August 2018, then aged for 24 months in white oak casks. The malt is peated and from the UK. Bottled at cask strength.
Japanese New Born / 58% abv / 200ml / 3000-6000 yen / Komasa Jyozo
Flavor: Sweet, apple, peach. Strong and spicy, sea spray. After smoke, a lingering sweetness. It feels young but not rough around the edges.
Overall: Could be good on the rocks. A whisky good in front of a campfire or fireplace. Nice balance of aroma and flavor.
Flavor: Apples roasted on a campfire relentlessly covered in black pepper, strong alcohol, burnt wood smoke, boiled olives, burnt malt.
Overall: Exceptionally stable. Better enjoyed with a few drops of water to bring out more sweetness from the cask.
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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.