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Kaiyo Whisky Cask Strength

(70cl, 53%)

Kaiyo Whisky Cask Strength

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Kaiyo Cask Strength Bottling Note

A cask strength variant of Kaiyo Whisky, a Japanese teaspooned malt which has endured a maturation in mizunara casks - known for being expensive though difficult for coopers to work with. These whiskies also spend part of their maturation at sea, as to help develop their flavour profiles.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Spiced oak, fresh lemongrass and orange oil.

Palate: Peppery at first, though soon enough wafts of buttery pastry, clove and espresso develop.

Finish: Lingering peppercorn heat and a whisper of caraway.

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Kaiyo Whisky Cask Strength Reviews

A good drop, but not at the price.

The nose is strongly butterscotch; smells like sniffing a packet of Werther's Original. Surprisingly pleasant, but for a whisky of this price also surprisingly one note.
I was braced for raw alcohol given the 53% cask strength, but even neat I was very pleased at how smooth this dram is. No harsh, raw alcohol at all such as you might get from a much weaker Penderyn.
The main flavours are oak smoke and peat, but there's a very pleasant caramel or burned toffee note in there too. I'm a fan of Isla Tay malts and found the peatiness pleasant; my partner in drinks is avowedly not, being a Speyside drinker. Even he conceded that there was enough peat to know it's there, but not so much that he didn't enjoy it.
All in all a very pleasant dram, but I really can't give five stars to a whisky that's extremely comparable to some Jura offerings when the Jura is half the price. A good drop, but next time I'll spend the same money on a Scotch and get something even better.

14th June 2020

The oak does not make the malt!

Did this really win Japanese Whisky of the year and if so how? Even the more lesser blends of Suntory and Nikka blow this away. Found it spirity, pithy and sappy with a sort of salted rice pudding and yellow plum led palate with almost Gin like aromatic botanicals. I was glad of only a 3cl sample and would be gutted to have paid even half of the asking price.

28th March 2020

Whisky of the year

I saw this won best Japanese Whisky of the Year. I have to say I was blown away. I don't know if I like the 43% better or this cask strength version. both my new favorite.

25th November 2019

Meh

The nose: burnt barley overpowers the nose; The palette: it feels like a 10 year old generic speyside with hints of salt; The finish: hollow, typical of a yound speyside, but with hints of burnt barley.

23rd August 2019

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