Ohishi K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Cask #653 Japanese Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1255662

The Ohishi distillery is located on the banks of the Kuma River, one Japan's fastest flowing rivers. The distillery was founded in 1872 and produces some of the most exciting whisky coming out of Japan. Ohishi grows at least 30% of the rice that they distill, and the fertile soils and exceptional growing climate make for some of the finest base ingredients available. The strain of rice is called "gohyakumanishi" (meaning "five million stones"), and an organic method of cultivation is utilized that requires the use of koi carp for weed control. The rest of the grain is procured from local farms in Kumamoto prefecture and is of the short grained Mochi variety. The grains are partially malted and then distilled on the traditional Japanese stills before being filled into ex-sherry and brandy casks and aged for a long time time in high-altitude warehouses. This cask brings in a great balanced sherry influence and definitely feels more like Scotch than our single cask from the Fukano Distillery. This cask will likely be the only one we get for a while, considering the recent events in Kumamoto prefecture. Our cask of Fukano sold out in a flash, so we can expect this special cask to go very quickly as well.

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By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/9/2016 | Send Email
For the many who missed out on our last round of K&L exclusive Japanese whiskey, and those who snagged a bottle and already regret not buying another, here is a new one for you. Richer and more full bodied than the Fukano due to the sherry casks, this whiskey delivers like a beautiful marriage between amazing Highland distilleries. Toasted vanilla and caramel play on the rich toffee notes that are present. Despite the richness, because this is distilled from rice it gives it a more elegant and lighter body. Smooth butterscotch and vanilla notes end it. Super small production so get it while we have it.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/9/2016 | Send Email
I had no idea what to expect from this...Rice-based whisky? Will it taste like Sake...nope...Scotch...kind of...top-quality, rich, soft, sherry cask...YEP. This is just one of the most exotic, supple easy-drinking whiskies I've come across. Decadent sherry flavors, silky texture, rancio tones that go on forever. Bravo to our Spirits department for tracking something unique like this down...a really intriguing bottle that definitely delivers on the palate.

By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2016 | Send Email
"Now Sherry my love for you is real." Yeah — that's a lyric from the IMMORTAL BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN'S hit, "Sherry Darling," but aside from being profound truth, it also sums up exactly how I feel about this exclusive bottling of EXCELLENT Japanese Whiskey. That I loved this was pleasant surprise (as a lover of the PEATY malts of ISLAY), as I found the sherry influence here to be immensely balanced. This is the absolute perfect entry point for a scotch lover into the exciting world of Japanese whiskey!

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2016 | Send Email
Wowee wow. A slam dunk sherry-aged whisky for those who like that pure sherry flavor. Because the Ohishi is distilled from rice you obviously lose the inherent maltiness normally present from a barley-distilled single malt whisky, but what you get instead is a cleaner canvas onto which the sherry itself can paint its masterpiece. This is soft, supple, and rich on the palate with loads of that caramel, fudge, chocolate, and rancio character I associate with whiskies like Glendronach or Glenfarclas, but with more of that Glenmorangie or Macallan finesse. If you like sherry-aged whisky, this is a must buy. If you like Japanese whisky, buy six of these. You'll be sorry when it's gone, and seeing as this is a single cask, it will likely be gone very fast.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/6/2016 | Send Email
This rice whiskey is soft and creamy and very easy to drink. The sherry cask aging added richness and some subtle dried fruit notes. It is very supple and should please any fan of the Nikka Coffey Grain Whiskey.

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Alcohol Content (%): 43.6