Akashi White Oak Japanese Blended Whisky

Akashi White Oak Japanese Blended Whisky

$47.00

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  • Tasting Notes:
    Butter, Caramel, Cherry, Dark Fruit, Dried Fruit, Green Apple, Light, Nutty, Oak, Red Fruit, Salty, Smooth, Stone Fruit, Toasty, Vanilla, Woody
  • Food Pairing:
    Cheese – Creamy & Bloomy, Cheese – Fresh & Soft, Cheese – Nutty & Semi-Firm, Dessert – Chocolate & Coffee, Dessert – Vanilla & Caramel, Fish – White, Fruit – Dried, Nuts, Pork, Shellfish
  • ABV:
    40%
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Akashi White Oak Japanese Blended Whisky

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Eigashima Distillery (known as White Oak Distillery in Japan), located in Akashi near Kobe, Japan, is both the country’s oldest and smallest whisky distillery. Founded in 1888, the tiny distillery runs on a seven person operation! Akashi is a coastal town residing on the edge of Osaka Bay. Due to Akashi’s unique climate with extremely hot summers and cool winters, as much as 7%-8% of Eigashima’s maturing whisky may be lost to evaporation each year (opposed to the 2% commonly seen in Scotland). While this lowers still the overall production yield, it also acts as a catalyst for the maturation process, as the temperature swings encourage interaction between the whisky and the wood. As a result, Akashi White Oak Japanese Whisky has a malty, citrusy aroma with scents of black cherry, toffee and oak. This whisky is made with a variety of wheat, barley and rye with hints of subtle peat. Notes of vanilla and pine nuts dominate the palate, and lead to a long, malty finish. Excellent introduction to the Japanese whisky category, those looking for a segway into Scotch.

White Oak Akashi Blended Whisky is another newish whisky added to the American releases of Japanese whisky. Originally a sake distillery, White Oak distillery has been around since 1919 and is a whisky that’s been getting some attention lately, though not all of it positive.

 REVIEW

EYE
Caramel

NOSE
Young spirity vanilla, caramel syrup, spice and a watery herbal quality. It’s not the worst young blended whisky I’ve had, but it’s in the neighborhood.

PALATE
The palate mimics the nose and comes across as young and spirity. There’s a weak malty character that arises while sipping on it, but it doesn’t manifest in a way that balances it out or adds any richness. Minor hints of caramel hide beneath the large grain and alcohol notes.

FINISH
Short caramel, grain whisky, lemon peels and hint of spice and malt.

BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Not well balanced, thin body and a lax watery feel.

OVERALL
No… just no. This White Oak Akashi Blended Whisky is not a good whisky. It’s spirit driven and carries a vodka-like essence to it with just a hint of whisky flavoring. I don’t get any of the peat that’s supposed to be in it. Nor do I get any of the sherry sweetness that should be showing up from the sherry finishing.

Bottom line, the White Oak Akashi Blended Whisky either needs more years in the barrel or to use better barrels. It needs more of a whisky character and less of a new-make character, but hey at least it’s smooth…

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