18-year-old blended malt from the Kurayoshi range, created by the Matsui Shuzou distillery. Though not very well-known, Matsui Shuzou has created some rather marvelous expression for this series, made using malt whiskies from Scotland, transported over to Japan, blended with Japanese malt whiskies and brought down to bottling strength with volcanic-rock-filtered water. A deeply complex spirit derived from extensive aging. The sweet taste of honey, mixed with smoke, spice, and mint, lingers on the palate, carried and lifted by this 18YR whisky’s higher ABV.
NOSE: Malt flavor of puffed cereal and bread, a little of lemon peel, hints of dried grass and acidity.
PALATE: Honey, lemon, candy taste, and malty flavor. Then coming with spices and dried straw flavor.
FINISH: Small amount of sweetness that makes the reminiscent sense of wheat feeling, vanilla cream reminiscent, slightly smoky.