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Kaiyo Whisky

(70cl, 43%)

Kaiyo Whisky

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Kaiyo Whisky Bottling Note

Kaiyo Whisky is very intriguing indeed, starting out as a teaspooned malt (with the bulk of the malt whisky coming from one distillery, along with a drop of malt whisky from another distillery, meaning it can't be called a single malt). It's matured in mizunara oak - mizunara can impart a wonderful array of flavours to the whisky, though its notoriously difficult for coopers to work with. Not only that, it spends a portion of its maturation at sea, helping to evolve its flavour profile further.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Orange peel, jasmine, a hint of coastal air, soft cedar.

Palate: Coffee bean, green apple, black tea and alpine herbs.

Finish: Cinnamon rolls and mango.

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Kaiyo Whisky Reviews

A good but not great Japanese whisky

As a fan of Nikka from the Barrel, Nikka Coffey Grain and Nikka Coffey Malt, I use those as my benchmarks when it comes to Japanese whisky. The Kaiyo comes in middle of the pack, and I would say it's a decent value for Japanese whisky. Woodsy and floral at the same time, with the traditional caramel notes in the finish. I did not detect the briny, sea salt notes as some have had. It's a good guy, but not in the same league as Nikka or Hibiki.

29th April 2020

Top 14 whisky or 2019 by Whisky Advocate

This was my first Japanese whisky. I bought this because of the Whisky Advocate 92 rating and top 14 whisky of 2019. I have to say, I might have found my new favorite whisky. I now understand all the Japanese whisky hype is all about.

8th January 2020

Best whisky of the year

Might be one of the best Japanese whisky, I've had all year (I have over 20 in my collection). Great character, flavor and long beautiful finish.

25th November 2019

Very smooth

Great whisky, my only complaint is that it might be too smooth. I almost finished the bottle with my friend in one sitting.

25th October 2019

A new friend

A friend just brought this over. I’m really not a review guy. However this whisky is exceptional. So know I have 2 great friends

31st July 2019

Fantastic Japanese Whisky

I saw the high ratings of Kaiyo in the Whisky Advocate and thought I would give it a try. Fantastic Japanese whisky, you definitely won't regret it.

17th July 2019

Keep looking

I did not care for it. I love the story of whisky the history, the passion. Some guy bought casks of this or that tried jumping on the back of the Japanese whisky beast. Buy a Nikka from the barrel, you won’t be disappointed.

11th June 2019

Please open this treasure with care and an ice cube

When I first tried it neat it was like a punch in the palate. Now I drink it with two ice cubes to open it a little. It has the complexity that defines Japanese whisky. It is a new taste experience at each stage of the drinking process. It starts with vanilla notes and finishes with a toffee send off.

25th May 2019

Smooth and complex

Great Japanese Whisky! smooth, complex, packed with flavor. Almost went through the whole bottle in a night with a friend of mine.

5th January 2019

Kaiyo Delivers

My new favorite, great complex and very smooth whisky. I consider myself a whisky afficinado and this one doesn't disappoint at all. Roasted nuts, vanilla and coconut on the nose, silky palate and a warming honeyed finish. One of my new favorites. This whisky might not be for the novice, but if you like to explore Japanese whisky you can't go wrong with this one.

2nd January 2019

Stay away

Over priced for the flavor. I visited the website...first whisky site I’d ever been on where there was not one photo of the distillery. I smell more then cedar and pine!

27th September 2018

Unusual and delicious, refined but bold.

Cedar, pine, and incense on the nose. Smells young, a bit hot. Palate is more cedar, more incense, tea-like savoriness. Finish is quick, with a final whiff of cedar/pine and young spirit coming through. Very good, very unique. Incredibly enjoyable. Close your eyes and it will whisk you away.

8th August 2018

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