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Batch 4 of its 10-year-old Cask Strength and a third instalment of single casks follow hot on the heels of Virgin Oak series released earlier in October

Hot on the heels of its recent Virgin Oak Series, The GlenAllachie Distillery is launching Batch 4 of its cask strength 10-year-old single malt, and releasing a third instalment of single cask bottlings, including a 31-year-old whisky (£530 RRP) matured in an Oloroso hogshead, exclusively for the UK.

The GlenAllachie 10 Years Old Cask Strength, Batch 4, follows in the footsteps of its predecessor Batch 3, which was awarded Best Scotch Speyside Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards 2020.

Batch 4 (£58.99 RRP), which is a limited release of 2,600 cases worldwide, is a combination of Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry puncheons along with a small quantity of virgin oak casks. Bottled at 56.1%, natural colour and non-chill filtered, it delivers a perfect balance of fruit, dark chocolate and spice with underlying classic GlenAllachie sweet honey notes.

The third instalment of single casks consists of six cask strength single malts, all specially selected by Master Distiller Billy Walker from among the 50,000 casks in the distillery’s warehouses in Aberlour.

The batch of single casks consists of a 31-year-old Oloroso hogshead (£530 RRP), a 15-year-old Virgin Oak (£106 RRP), a 13-year-old First Fill Bourbon Barrel (£96 RRP), a 12-year-old Ruby Port Pipe (£90 RRP), a 12-year-old Rioja Barrel (£90 RRP), and an 11-year-old Sauternes Barrel (£86 RRP). All the bottles are hand-numbered, and offered at cask strength, natural colour and are non-chill filtered.

Each single cask expression showcases Walker’s renowned expertise in wood management, steering the unique interaction of wood, spirit and subsequent flavour development, which has been gained during his extensive career in the whisky industry.

Commenting on the new releases, Walker said: “There’s something magical about bottling whisky straight from the cask – without any water or colouring being added, this is whisky in its purest form. Batch 3 of our cask strength 10-year-old has set the bar high, but we’re excited to share this new bottling which has a perfect balance of fruit, dark chocolate and spice with the underlying classic sweet honey notes of the GlenAllachie.

“With our new instalment of single casks, we’re demonstrating the unique interaction of our spirit with different types of wood and how that creates incredible flavours. For example, the 31-year-old has intense flavours of dark chocolate, orange zest, grapefruit and ginger thanks to the greater interaction between spirit and wood provided by the slightly smaller Oloroso hogshead.”

This passion for exploring different barrels and types of wood was also reflected in the recent GlenAllachie Virgin Oak Series, a new limited edition range of Speyside single malt whiskies which have undergone secondary maturation in specially selected casks of different oak species from specific regions around the world.

Released in early October, on the back of winning a 50th award in three years, The GlenAllachie Virgin Oak Series consists of three limited edition 12-year-old single malt whiskies; the 12-year-old French Virgin Oak Finish, the 12-year-old Spanish Virgin Oak Finish, and the 12-year-old Chinquapin Virgin Oak Finish.

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GlenAllachie 10 year old Cask Strength Batch 4 – 56.1%

  • Colour: Rich Mahogany.
  • Nose: Dark chocolate, vanilla pods and treacle, with rich notes of orange peel and cinnamon.
  • Taste: Lashings of raisins, treacle, dark chocolate, layers of heather honey, cinnamon and orange peel.

GlenAllachie 31yo Oloroso Hogshead cask # 6118 – 51.1% – 339 bottles

  • Colour: Rich Mahogany.
  • Nose: Heather honey, mocha, nutmeg, pineapple and eucalyptus.
  • Taste: Waves of dark chocolate, mocha and almonds, followed by orange zest, grapefruit and ginger.

GlenAllachie 15yo Virgin Oak cask # 5182 – 57.6% – 281 bottles

  • Colour: Sunset Bronze.
  • Nose: Lashings of heather honey, vanilla pods and plantains, with notes of orange zest and ginger.
  • Taste: Layers of heather honey, butterscotch and almonds with dark chocolate, orange zest and ginger.

GlenAllachie 13yo First Fill Bourbon Barrel # 111860 – 58.6% – 253 bottles

  • Colour: Sunrise Gold.
  • Nose: Orchard fruit, peaches, butterscotch and ginger.
  • Taste: Brimming with heather honey, butterscotch and figs, with notes of ginger and grapefruit.

GlenAllachie 12yo Ruby Port Pipe # 1867 – 52.3% – 700 bottles

  • Colour: Rich Ruby.
  • Nose: Lashings of honey, treacle and grape must, with sweet spice and hints of dark chocolate.
  • Taste: Waves of heather honey, vanilla and treacle, fused with cinnamon, rosehips and mocha.

GlenAllachie 12yo Rioja Barrel # 3966 – 56.6% – 313 bottles

  • Colour: Golden Bronze.
  • Nose: Waves of red berries, grape must, almonds and orange zest.
  • Taste: Rich heather honey, sultanas and apricots, with barley sugar, orange zest, grapefruit and a hint of aniseed.

GlenAllachie 11yo Sauternes Barrel # 3728 – 59.0% – 299 bottles

  • Colour: Straw Gold.
  • Nose: Heather honey, peaches, apricots and notes of ginger.
  • Taste: Brimming with heather honey, peaches and apricots, fused with hazelnuts and grapefruit.

Shipping now! Diageo 2020 Special Releases at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News



Rare by Nature

THE SPECIAL RELEASES are a limited annual collection of highly sought after and collectable, natural cask strength Scotch Whiskies from the original distillers. The 2020 Special Releases brings together 8 natural cask strength, rare and quirky Single Malt Scotch Whiskies. By shining a spotlight on selected distilleries from fabled ‘ghosts’ to unusual and experimental expressions of world-renowned brands, the Special Releases brings collectors and connoisseurs unique access to rare liquids in an impactful, modern and approachable way.


A first release purely from refill American Oak casks, this is a spicier expression of the smooth Singleton Dufftown distillery character, in which the signature grassy fruitiness is still present, especially if water is added.



A Talisker with a great deal of the expected maritime distillery character and a delightful twist of sweetness from the Caribbean rum cask finish.



Magnificent in every way, this is a fine Mortlach further enhanced by gentle secondary maturation. Very fine to drink straight and also with a small dash of water.



A 12 Year Old Lagavulin chosen for its purity of cask expression alone and a true individual; smooth textured and soaring in taste and intensity, with a long and deeply smoky finish.



A unique expression of Cardhu, from refill casks and new and ex-bourbon fresh-charred American Oak hogsheads, which holds the Cardhu gentleness and richness in a spicy embrace but still allows that gentleness to be found, especially with water.



An appetising Cragganmore, with the expected complex aromas and smooth Speyside character, while the rich, sweet  taste is also unusually intense and wood-spiced after part-ageing in new oak casks.



A fine Dalwhinnie with astonishing intensity for its age; even more vibrant and warming than will be expected from younger expressions, and easiest to enjoy with a drop of water.



A unique expression of a ‘ghost’ malt from a closed distillery, this is a spectacular and delicious Pittyvaich, the only one ever  released to have been finished in ex-bourbon casks, which  impart real richness of taste and sweetness of character.



The complete Diageo 2020 Special Release collection. All puchases of The Complete Collection will also receive a free Johnnie Walker Game Of Thrones Miniature Tasting Pack.



NEW RELEASE – Laphroaig 30 Year Old – The Ian Hunter Story at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Introducing the second release of the Ian Hunter Story series: a non-chill filtered Whisky with sweet Sherry notes underscored by Laphroaig‘s characteristic peatiness, aged for 30 years in Spanish Oak Oloroso Sherry casks.

Set into a beautifully crafted book that will document a part of Ian’s rich legacy. Every year a new chapter will be told, uncovering the extensive history behind Laphroaig and the characters who created it, making this a collection unlike any other, and one that is treasured by Laphroaig fans across the world.

The second book of the five-part story starts with Warehouse No.1. With the different cask types being brought by Ian Hunter, including ex-bourbon barrels and Sherry cask, Ian recognised the need for more capacity to house them. Ian selected the location by the Atlantic shore that would have its influence on the casks and planned a five-phased extension between 1910 and 1924.





Dried dates and figs, cigar box with toffee and dark chocolate, liquorice with medicinal notes, pink peppercorns and all spice.

Adding water brings out pipe tobacco and orange peel.


Manuka honey; sweet, smoked stone fruit.


Long and mouth drying.


Burnt umber

Kilchoman Christmas at Tyndrum Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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New Cask Strength for Machir Bay, with a Christmas twist is back in stock, but don’t wait long, we can’t see it lasting. Before reducing a batch of their Machir Bay to its regular bottling strength of 46%, this release was bottled at cask strength to appreciate the full power and character of Kilchoman’s core range whisky. Machir Bay, named after Islay’s most spectacular beach, is a vatting of Kilchoman matured in both bourbon and sherry casks. The high proportion of bourbon barrels creates a unique balance of aromatic peat smoke, citrus sweetness and tropical fruit. This limited edition Cask Strength Machir Bay is released for the festive season. Before reducing a batch of their Machir Bay to its regular bottling strength of 46%, this release was bottled at cask strength to appreciate the full power and character of Kilchoman’s core range whisky.

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Pre Arrivals at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

Our spirits team is building their next container out of Scotland; as a result, we have a bevy of exceptional pre-arrival finds. Craigellachie, Glengoyne, Caol Ila, and Glenfiddich are but a few of the brands represented. Buying on pre-arrival is always the smart choice, as not only are you assured the bottles you want, but you also are getting exceptional savings. Our team has carefully vetted these, so no matter which direction you take, you’ll be rewarded with an exceptional dram.

This week’s highlights include:

2006 Behind The Highlander (Craigellachie) 14 Year Old “Hepburn’s Choice” K&L Exclusive Single Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) $59.99 View

If you’ve ever been to the Highlander Inn you’ll know all to well that’s it’s dangerously close to two of Scotland’s best distilleries. One has become so ubiquitous that it’s name does not even connote Scotch any longer, but simply luxury. The other is the rugged and rustic dark horse (formerly owned by White Horse!) Craigellachie. They’re putting out some of the very best malt anywhere in Scotland to little fanfare. The still house has been reconstructed in the modern era and looks similar to Glendronach’s, a stone and glass box, which isn’t so pretty from the outside, but gives the distiller plenty of air and space to work. It wasn’t until recently that the owners, Bacardi, began marketing this excellent malt on its own although the vast majority of this whisky still ends up in the Dewars blend. Built in 1891 on the cliffs across from Macallan, if you miss the turn off to Dufftown, you’ll miss Craigellachie, but the next road takes you right to the Highlander Inn. There you should stop and taste the local dram of choice. Or save a trip and try this awesome little cask. Age for 14 years in a refill sherry butt, the malt has all the classic hallmarks of this awesome distillery. Dense and chewy, without being totally overtaken by the sherry, the malt offers plenty of deep herbal character, powerful savory spice and complex cacao flavors. This malt was teaspooned with a homeopathic quantities Dailuaine to declassify it, but the flavors and quality remains at the highest level.

2008 Glengoyne 11 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive PX Sherry Finished Single Cask Strength Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) $69.99 View

Glengoyne is all about patience. Everything they do is slow. The picturesque little distillery sits on the border of the highlands and lowlands. In fact, the road that divides the distillery and its warehouses IS the border. They sport some of the longest fermentation times in all of Scotland and some of the slowest stills as well. These longer processes coupled with a massive amount of available copper lead to an unabashedly fruity and super clean spirit. The real magic of Glengoyne is in the fact that it retains enough stuffing to play perfectly with heavy sherry influences. Indeed the distillery bottling nearly all focus on sherry maturation. This particular exclusive bottling from Old Particular has been finished in PX Sherry leading to the very best of both worlds. Not only do you get the ripe stone fruits and vanillas of the spirit and hogshead maturation, you also get to savor the deep, sweet, nutty flavors of Spain’s finest dessert wine and Scotch fan’s favorite finishing cask.

2010 Islay Straight (Caol Ila) 10 Year Old “Sovereign” K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Finish Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) $69.99 View

Anyone who has taken the fairy to the Isle of Islay from Kennacraig to Port Askaig has seen this special distillery from a unique vantage point. As you motor up the Islay Straight to the port the ferry begins a big sweeping turn into harbor and you get a spectacular view off the starboard side of Caol Ila’s warehouses and massive distillery. It’s a special introduction to the spectacular beauty of Islay. If you were to skip the port and carry on up the straight you find Bunnahabhain, and so it was a natural choice for the teaspoon of liquid gold we needed to add to the cask and bring the price of this 10 year down far below the $100 mark. Caol Ila’s natural fruity and smoky profile meshes wonderfully with a sherry butt finish that adds an impressive dark color and nutty flavor to a perennial favorite.

1998 Archiestown Adjacent (Dailuaine) 22 Year Old “Hepburn’s Choice” K&L Exclusive Single Refill Hogshead Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) $109.99 View

Dailuaine was built in 1852 in the tiny hamlet of Charlestown-of-Aberlour. The water for fermentation comes from the Bailliemullich Burn and it boast 3 sets of stills and the wash stills feature an unusual pinched neck design that gives the lower neck a lip adding to the refluxive properties of the still. Despite our best efforts, Dailuaine remains an underappreciated Speyside glory. That’s mainly because the owners do so little to promote this great malt as it’s so crucial to the structure of their many popular blends. It sits in a little valley just across the River Spey from the tiny village of Archiestown, hence the moniker, which will be otherwise lost on even the most travelled Scotch lover. Archiestown, is of course a beautiful little place to visit, but not really on the road to or from any of the major public distilleries and Dailuaine is not open to visitors either. But, if you’ve ever made the journey into Speyside through the town Aberlour, you’ve travelled by this excellent distillery, just off the A95 and within striking distance of several other classics – Glenfarclas, Benrinnes, Knockando, Tamdhu, Cardhu, Glenallachie. It was teaspooned with a molecularly insignificant amount of Glendullan to demote it to a lowly “blended malt,” but this excellent whisky tastes impeccable nonetheless. Dark malt and complex fruit coupled with the perfect kiss of creamy American oak from this refill hogshead.

2003 Craigellachie 16 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) $109.99 View

One of the most distinctive malts in all of Scotland. Craigellachie utilizes worm tubs with a very low copper content that, in combination with very long fermentation times, contributes to a rare and desirable sulfurous trait in whisky (not to be confused with the strong and undesirable sulfurous notes occasionally found in older sherry butts that were treated to prevent spoilage). The end result is a pungent aroma that when young is often described as meaty or like boiled cabbage, but when matured works its way into complex sweet fragrances such as pineapple and other tropical fruits and floral notes. These beautiful flavors offer aromatics in combination with palate weight and make Craigellachie a prized malt for blenders and single malt enthusiasts alike. When in combination with sherried wood, there is nothing else like it. The tropical flavors mingle with the nuttiness of the sherry to make a whisky unmatched in flavor, weight, and aromatics. These rare casks typically command astronomical prices, but as always, thank to our long standing direct relationships in Scotland, we’ve been able to secure a cask or two that offer unparalleled value in the single malt category.

1997 Hector Macbeth (Glenfiddich) 23 Year Old “Hepburn’s Choice” K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Finish Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) $119.99 View

One of the original teaspooned malts here at K&L that longtime customers may already be familiar with is Hector Macbeth. While nearly all of this year’s blended malts had another distillers spirit dropped into it right before bottling, this was teaspooned at the time of production by the original maker with the intention of being sold off to the independent market. This is really how teaspooning came to be a thing in the first place. Blue chip distilleries, like Glenfiddich in this case, don’t want a bunch of people trading on their name. They do however, still want to sell casks into the blending market to raise quick cash. While we don’t know what they put into the cask in this case (although my money is on the sister distillery next door – Balvenie) we do know that it tastes just like you’d expect sherry finished Glenfiddich at cask strength to taste. If you’ve ever had the excellent Glenfiddich 15 Year Sherry Solera bottling and thought, ‘I wish this was full proof,’ this is the malt for you. The extra 8 years of aging doesn’t hurt either.

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Loch Fyne Whiskies “Delicious drams for your Christmas countdown!” – Whisky News

Delicious drams for your Christmas countdown!

Drinks by the Dram’s spirit-filled Advent Calendars are still available for pre-order! It’s all flying by fast, isn’t it?

Chocolate advent calendars are timeless favourites, but why not elevate your Christmas Countdown this year with daily delicious drams? Whether you’re into whisky, or XX or XX or XX there’s a calendar for even the biggest scrooge out there.

These dramtastic calendars also make the ultimate festive gift for the curious imbiber in your life. Make their Christmas come early by sending a calendar directly to their doorstep – we’ll deliver UK orders over £50 for free!

Stock expected to land 23rd October.

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New Carn Mor Scotch Whiskies at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

New Carn Mor Scotch Whiskies

Laphroaig, Imperial, Bowmore & More!

Introducing the fresh faced Carn Mor Strictly Limited and Celebration of the Cask labels from Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers.

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Bladnoch Distillery has announced the first installment in its five-part annual Waterfall Collection, which explores the importance of cask selection in the maturation process of whisky making.

Since joining Bladnoch Distillery in 2019, Master Distiller Dr Nick Savage has developed an impressive range of new products for Bladnoch’s award-winning range. Now, he is embracing the Waterfall Collection as his most creative project, highlighting the intricate journey of maturity that Bladnoch whisky takes in developing its distinct flavours and character.

“The Waterfall Collection gives us the opportunity to develop a whisky in a very fluid way that highlights the maturation journey a single whisky can take in five years. Each year we will decide the cask types for the next stage of the waterfall maturation, but only when we fully understand how our whisky has evolved and matured in the previous year. This approach enables us to present the journey of this finite and ever reducing liquid, and showcase how the quality of whisky is assured at Bladnoch, in a way like never before,” said Dr Savage of the project.

Each release in the Waterfall Collection demonstrates a different way the same aged Bladnoch Single Malt can be matured in oaked casks, resulting in a completely unique taste. To cover the five years of releases,
sufficient aged Bladnoch Single Malt has been set aside from a combination of sweet ex Bourbon casks and intense Oloroso Sherry casks that are maturing in the archives.

In this first year, Dr Savage will sample the whisky at the beginning of its maturation journey and in each ensuing year, the remaining liquid will be decanted into a new type of cask for a fresh layer of finishing where the character will develop further.

After assessing how the whisky has matured and only deciding what the next cask type will be at the end of each year, Dr Savage’s approach to the Waterfall Collection means the final whisky is yet to be defined.

Dr Savage will unveil only 1,000 bottles for each annual release, with Batch 1 of the Waterfall Collection in limited stock and available exclusively through The remaining bottles will go on sale at the Bladnoch Distillery Visitor Centre.

To celebrate the release, Bladnoch have announced a special Waterfall Tour at their state-of-the-art Visitor Centre. Tours will include a more in-depth walkthrough of the production site followed by an extended
Waterfall tasting beside the casks maturing for the remaining releases.

Bookings are essential and can be made in advance through

Tasting Notes

Cask: Ex Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry
ABV: 48.8%
Nose: Raisins and lemons with subtle orange peel
Palate: Dried apricots with lemon cake
Finish: Medium, with sweet freshness and a slight warming


About Bladnoch

Bladnoch Distillery is Scotland’s southernmost distillery, and one of a handful that remain independently owned. Since being purchased in 2015 by Australian entrepreneur David Prior, Bladnoch has enjoyed a renaissance. Their rangee of award-winning Bladnoch Single Malt Whiskies and Pure Scot, their contemporary Blended Scotch Whisky, has been launched in over 30 countries. In 2017, Bladnoch Distillery celebrated its 200 year anniversary making it one of the oldest continuously operating distilleries in Scotland. In June 2019, Bladnoch Distillery’s state-of-the-art visitors centre was opened, welcoming guests to the distillery once again after significant renovations. Master Distiller, Dr Nick Savage joined the Bladnoch team in July 2019. Visit or @bladnochwhisky for more information.



In a first for the UK and Europe, Three Ships Whisky has launched a special release 12-year-old single malt in limited quantities.

Crafted at the James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington, a small town about an hour’s drive from Cape Town’s City Centre, South Africa, the Three Ships Whisky 12-Year-Old is the first release in the Master Distiller’s Private Collection.

The single malt is natural in colour, un-chillfiltered, bottled at a strength of 46.3%, and presented in its most natural form.

Internationally awarded Three Ships Whisky Master Distiller, Andy Watts, distilled malted barley in copper potstills in 2007 and matured the spirit for a minimum of 12 years in a special selection of older and younger American oak casks.

Although the warmer South African climate results in a much higher angel’s share, the accelerated interaction between the spirit, cask and atmosphere, gave rise to a spectacular single malt with depth of flavour, balance and extraordinary smoothness.

Watts, who holds the titles, amongst other, of the 2018 Global Icon Whisky Master Distiller/Master Blender and the 2020 Global Icon World Whisky Ambassador Award, says he is overjoyed to be sharing this South African whisky with consumers abroad.

“Crafting a single malt is definitely the pinnacle for every Master Distiller and it’s an honour to be able to launch this special release for the overseas market. The whisky represents our innovative approach to crafting whisky that excites and expands the World Whisky category.”

It’s been just over four decades since the first Three Ships Whisky was launched and the years since have been filled with many milestones and achievements for the brand, including World’s Best Blended Whisky award at the 2012 World Whisky Awards as well as gold and double gold at all the major international whisky competitions.

“Making whisky is not something that happens overnight. It takes immense planning and a lot of patience!” says Watts. “It’s incredibly rewarding for me to see just how far we have come since those first days of producing whisky in South Africa.”

Watts says that over the years they have established their own unique style of whisky-making, harnessed the warm climate to great advantage, invested in modern technology and refined their selection of barrels for maturation.

“Our successes certainly didn’t come easily or without challenges. But we never compromised on our vision for making whisky in a country that in the traditional sense, was never destined to make whisky.”

The Master Distiller’s Private Collection Three Ships Whisky 12-Year-Old Single Malt is light golden in colour with layers of shortbread, dried fruit, soft leather, cherries, roasted nuts and notes of floral and mocha on the nose. The evident smoky, peaty influence is complemented by pepper, dried peaches, citrus, hints of Christmas Pudding and an earthiness that reminds of a pine forest. The finish is warm, creamy and savoury, the finish is long with delicate liquorice that lingers in the mouth.

The only commercial whisky distillery in Africa, The James Sedgwick Distillery has been at the forefront of innovation with state-of-the-art equipment and ingenious sustainability projects, and was recently awarded as the Sustainable Distillery of the Year 2020 Icons of Whisky Awards held annually by Whisky Magazine in London and recognised with the prestigious Green Company of the Year award hosted by the BIG (Business Intelligence Group) Awards for Business towards the end of 2019.

The Master Distiller’s Private Collection Three Ships Whisky 12-Year-Old Single Malt will be available exclusively to the UK and European market at a retail selling price of £40-50.

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Kaiyo “K&L Exclusive” Cask #541 Cask Strength Japanese Whisky – Japanese Whisky News

Kaiyo “K&L Exclusive” Cask #541 Cask Strength Japanese Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)

Like so many Japanese whiskies that have come to the market in recent years, Kaiyo remains an enigma. It tastes delicious, there is a tantalizing background story to the brand, but the level of detail a whisky geek desires always seems in short supply. No matter, ultimately when the price is right and the whisky tastes great, we are here to pull the trigger. Japanese in origin, presumably teaspooned malt, this was placed into Mizunara oak for nearly 7.5 years and then made Kaiyo’s hallmark ocean voyage. The gentle rocking, salt air, temperature and humidity changes are all a part of the whisky’s story. Cask #541 sees a yearlong finishing in a refill hogshead barrel. This adds a bit of complexity to the profile yet preserves the Mizunara oak as the defining characteristic. It’s a masterclass in Mizunara. Over time in glass you can pick out a wide array of sweet tropical notes ranging from juicy fruits to toasty coconut and a cabinet full of exotic spices. At 56% ABV and unchillfiltered, there is power, weight, and texture to bolster what is otherwise an elegant and complex dram.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 24, 2020

The first selection ever of a Kaiyo single cask. After 7.4 years in Mizunara oak, this beauty was transferred to a 2nd fill hogshead for a little mellowing. It’s chockablock full of vanilla, coconut, honey and sandalwood. The stylistic preference in Japan for whiskies that are balanced and nuanced is clearly present, but this is not a shy malt. The barley shines from the get go, but add a little water and it explodes. At 56% ABV it’s a robust and full throttle whiskey that screams of its time in Mizunara with a bold and spicy wood profile.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 24, 2020

The enigmatic and opaque Kaiyo whisky has become a staple on our shelves. It does a lot of things right in the very complicated Japanese Whisky genre while maybe skirting some of the most obvious pitfalls. And I still have no information about what is actually in these bottles, but we can assume that this has been aged in Japanese Mizunara and are likely sourced from malt distilled in Northern Japan (Hokkaido & Sendai). And while these distilleries are some of the world’s finest, it is clearly the barrel that is the star of the show here. This cask is the most quintessential expression of the flavors I’d expect from Mizunara. The nose is tight at first and needs a drop or two of water to open up. Now we get tons of sandalwood, ceremonial incense, plum wine, coconut husk. On the palate, tons of red cherry and big spice – cinnamon, clove, nutmeg etc. It’s long bold and peppery. This one is really pretty intense, designed for those who like more bold flavors. Adding water doesn’t necessarily diminish that but adds some depth and sweetness.

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