Having trouble finding Hakushu 12 year? Try this! The newest arrival to Kaiyō’s stable, the peated expression offers a dose of smoke and sweet peat to complement the lively notes of dried plums, spice and vanilla. The palate is bold and robust, and bottling this at 92 proof has really awakened some of the muted tones in peated whiskies bottled at lower proof. A sensational whisky that reminded us a little of an Islay malt aged in Mizunara from a couple of years ago (a bottle that sold for more than $1200!)
**Will be available to ship the week of June 18**
The newest arrival of whisky from our neighbors across the Pacific is an exploration into the magic of Mizunara oak. Casks coopered from Mizunara are legendary in the spirits world for their rarity as well as the unique sandalwood spice they impart on a finished whisky. Kaiy? is a new brand that operates somewhat like a negociant bottler in the wine industry. They source whisky from unnamed distilleries and mature the distillate in beautiful Mizunara casks from the Ariake cooperage. This type of oak is very expensive and notoriously difficult to work with. The wood is soft and porous, and many expressions of whisky aged in them have sold for well over $1000 per bottle.