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This is a new Japanese Whisky from Ohishi-san: Blended Sherry Cask. Distilled from rice, it has a high toned expression with bright acidity, gentle heat, and notes of maple syrup and stone fruit on the finish. The advantage of blending multiple sherry casks together not only gives consistency to the bottlings, but also continuity. Ohishi Distillery was founded in 1872, located in the Southwest of Japan, in a beautifully mountainous and scenic countryside. Ohishi sits near the tiny village of Mizukami, and is the closest distillery to the source of the Kuma River, one of the fastest flowing rivers in all of Japan, renowned and prized for its superior water quality. Ohishi has been a family business for five generations, primarily known for its sake and shochu production. Ohishi Whisky is distilled entirely from rice in pot stills. In order to ensure the quality of the spirit, the Master Distiller utilizes 30% estate grown grain for distillation, with the remaining 70% of rice coming from the surrounding Kumamoto prefecture.
Whisky AdvocateThis dark dram is distilled from malted and unmalted rice along the Kuma river in Hitoyoshi. The nose is redolent of stewed prunes, raisins, plum wine, and walnut, with a palate of treacle, molasses, burnt sugar, licorice, prune, dark fruits, mocha, praline, and nuttier elements. Skillfully, it never veers into bitterness. This should rock the boat for those who love a huge sherried-style whisky. (506 bottles)