Buckle up, whisky fans.
We're thrilled to have finally gotten our hands on full bottles of Akkeshi's new expressions, and holy moly, they're mind-blowing.
This whisky is quite peaty and bright – give it some time in the glass to open up as intensity is the name of the game here. With a nose full of juniper, clove, salt, and a touch of iodine, this light and briny dram gives way to a complex palate of spearmint, red apple, peat ash, and charcoal. Fans of intense Islay whiskies will go nuts over this.
Akkeshi Distillery is fairly new to the whisky scene and has made waves with their highly limited small format new-make releases. They have moved away from imported ingredients, sourcing locally as much as possible. They use 100% locally grown peat in their single malts and as much local barley as they can. The distillery itself is also constructed to emulate the climate and terroir of Islay.
- Distilled in Hokkaido, Japan by Akkeshi Distillery
- Distilled from local malted barley and peat
- ABV 55%
- Barrels: Ex-bourbon, sherry, red wine, local Mizunara
- Peat: 40 ppm
- Age: Minimum 3 years
- Production limited: 492 bottles
- 23.7 fl oz (700 ml)