Ohishi Sherry Cask #1212 Japanese Whisky
Nosing this blind you'd be forgiven for thinking it was an old vintage Armagnac, but after a few moments the sherry cask comes forward showing off its influence with notes of raisins, hot waffles, worn leather, roasted chestnuts, brown butter, nutmeg and vanilla. Made from local aromatic rice that is malted and distilled in small schochu pot stills.
The distillery’s distinctive products are result of challenging the norm, by, for example, introducing ultrasonic maturation equipment to create shochu that is kind to the body, using the“gohyakumanishi”( 5 million stones) rice that is used in the manufacture of sake to produce shochu(the rice is grown in Ubuyamamura using an organic farming method that involves the use of koi carp to control weeds in paddy fields) and using mochi rice from Kumamoto Prefecture as a main ingredient. With about 1200 sherry and Brandy casks, Ohishi Distillery puts a lot of effort into maturing Its products over a long period of time. Going forward, the Company will always “maintain the highest standards in Ingredients, yeast and storage while harbouring a spirit Of adventure.”