Kaiyo 'Cask Strength' Japanese Whisky (700mL)

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The Whiskey Wash
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Jonny McCormick
SKU
KAIWHWH11 UCAU
$160.00 Per item
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Bottle
700ml
$160.00 Per item
To break into the incredibly popular Japanese Whisky market, we wanted something that, just like our wine selection, would not only over-deliver in regard to complexity and flavour, but would also have a great story to accompany it. Kaiyō is the creation of a a former Asahi employee, Mr. Watanabe, through his connections in and knowledge from his work in the industry. All of the Whisky that Watanabe uses is purchased in Japan. His Whiskies are not single malt from the start, however, because of the practice of teaspooning these purchased casks. A relatively common practice but perhaps not as well understood, teaspooning is the practice of adding a small amount of another Whisky to a barrel, anywhere from a drop (or a teaspoon) to a full bottle. This practice prevents the purchaser or independent bottler from claiming that the Whisky is a single malt from the seller, and selling it under its name. He hand selects specific barrels of raw whisky spirit, made by some of the most respected names in the Japanese Whisky game, that he then wants to use for his blend. The base whisky is then transferred to the most expensive and complex oak barrels in the world; Mizunara Oak. Mizunara Oak casks are among the rarest casks in the world and are considered the finest in which to mature Wh(more...)
To break into the incredibly popular Japanese Whisky market, we wanted something that, just like our wine selection, would not only over-deliver in regard to complexity and flavour, but would also have a great story to accompany it. Kaiyō is the creation of a a former Asahi employee, Mr. Watanabe, through his connections in and knowledge from his work in the industry. All of the Whisky that Watanabe uses is purchased in Japan. His Whiskies are not single malt from the start, however, because of the practice of teaspooning these purchased casks. A relatively common practice but perhaps not as well understood, teaspooning is the practice of adding a small amount of another Whisky to a barrel, anywhere from a drop (or a teaspoon) to a full bottle. This practice prevents the purchaser or independent bottler from claiming that the Whisky is a single malt from the seller, and selling it under its name. He hand selects specific barrels of raw whisky spirit, made by some of the most respected names in the Japanese Whisky game, that he then wants to use for his blend. The base whisky is then transferred to the most expensive and complex oak barrels in the world; Mizunara Oak. Mizunara Oak casks are among the rarest casks in the world and are considered the finest in which to mature Wh(more...)

Scores & Reviews

4.5 / 5

The Whiskey Wash

This is the favorite. It is balanced and has all of the complexities that one may seek in a Japanese whisky. Definitely adding some water or ice, makes this one shine, adding more fruit flavors.

90 / 100

Jonny McCormick

Fully matured in mizunara oak on land and sea, this has tangy orange, ground ginger, fennel seed, cedar, and incense, though it seems a little more tightly wound than the standard strength whisky. Juicy orange, quick firecracker spices, and more toffee sweetness; it becomes heavy and thick, flaunting high alcohol, then turns creamier with marzipan, orange Jell-O, and singed oak spices.