Kawasaki 1976, Bot. 2009, Ichiros Choice
Distillery once located between Tokyo and Yokohama, Kawasiki producing traditional single grain whiskey (90% corn, 10% malted barley) which can still be a few barrels of emergency, as-refill sherry butt, compared with very old Demerara rum (in aging tropical). Very greedy.
The very rare Kawazaki grain distillery in Japan is now closed. Let’s see if it’s a shame. BTW, when seeing the very high strength of many old Japanese whiskies, one may wonder if they aren’t using cling film in the warehouses… Or if it’s only a matter of air dryness and temperature? Colour: pale amber. Nose: to be honest, this one smells much more of old rum than of whisky, even grain whisky at first nosing. Sugar cane, orange zests, whiffs of fermenting grass, a little maraschino… With water: wow! Much more on soy sauce, parsley, balsamico, leather and a little hessian. Also bananas flambéed. Gets also a little musky. Water works very well. Mouth (neat): very thick, rich, infused with many many spices. Cough drops, honeydew, fir liqueur. This thickness makes it taste much smoother than expected considering the very high ABV. With water: some carefully made artisanal gingerbread. Various honeys and just a little varnish. Finish: long, rich, coating, between pine resin and bananas flambéed. Comments: this baby is rather richer and heavier than most Scottish grains, even very old ones. Maybe a tad decadent? SGP:661 - 89 points.
Tasting note by Serge Valentine Whiskyfun