NIKKA COFFEY GRAIN SINGLE MALT WHISKEY $64.95ea. 750mlNikka Coffee Grain Whisky is a release of grain whisky from Japan's Nikka, produced mainly from corn using one of their continuous Coffey stills. Colour, A golden yellow. Aroma: Mint highlights with melon and citrus notes. Taste: Corn with melon and mint notes and a hint of mushrooms Finish: Creamy corn and mushrooms
NIKKA TAKETSURU PURE MALT 86 $63.95ea. 750mlReleased in 2014, this no-age statement Taketsuru bottling is a blend of malts aged 10 years on average in different types of oak casks. A high percentage of Miyagikyo malt gives a fresh fruity character, joined by mature aromas of an important, sherry cask influence
OHISHI WHISKY SHERRY CASK & OHISHI WHISKY BRANDY $69.95ea. 750mlThe Ohishi distillery is located on the banks of the Kuma River, one Japan's fastest flowing rivers. The distillery was founded in 1872 and produces some of the most exciting whisky coming out of Japan. Ohishi grows at least 30% of the rice that they distill, and the fertile soils and exceptional growing climate make for some of the finest base ingredients available. The strain of rice is called "gohyakumanishi" (meaning "five million stones"), and an organic method of cultivation is utilized that requires the use of koi carp for weed control. The rest of the grain is procured from local farms in Kumamoto prefecture and is of the short grained Mochi variety. The grains are partially malted and then distilled on the traditional Japanese stills before being filled into ex-sherry and brandy casks and aged for a long time time in high-altitude warehouses.
FUKANO WHISKEY SINGLE CASK #281 $74.95ea. 750mlThis exceptional distillery in the city of Kumamoto on the southern island of Kyushu has been distilling since 1823. They're famous for a diverse offering of Shochus and high quality liqueurs, but a tiny portion of their production is devoted to malted rice distillation. In Japan, these old whiskies are not bottled as such, though they do meet the definition by American standards. Instead they use them to make their high-end liqueurs, which is sad for them, but GREAT for us. This rare spirit is aged much like bourbon in new charred oak casks. The result is something absolutely sublime and uniquely Japanese. While one might be expecting Shochu squared, we're in fact in a totally different arena altogether. Somewhere between scotch, bourbon and "other whisky", both the complexity of aromatics and texture on the palate are surprising. This cask has a vibrant nose of nut brittle, spiced fruit, lemon rind, and almond butter. A very subtle oceany quality persists in the back ground, a true bridge between Single Malt and Bourbon.
KIKORI WHISKEY$43.95ea. 750mlDistilled in Japan, and made from 100% rice, Kikori Whiskey is a smooth and welcome newcomer to the whiskey category. Aged for 3+ years in American Oak, French Limousin oak and Sherry casks, Kikori is golden and pure in color with a floral and fragrant aroma and a velvety smoothness to the palate. Kikori Whiskey is pure water, quality ingredients, careful aging, meticulous blending and Japanese attention to detail–all combined to perfection. At 82 proof, Kikori delivers a distinctively different style of whiskey that is memorable, delicate and delicious.
Kikori is a Gold Medal winner at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.