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 feels like a nice mid-point between Usui and Boshu. It has a nose which borders on ridiculous - reminds of smoked bacon, cardamom, Juicy Fruit gum, buttercream, and champagne. De'Andre says, "to smell this whisky is like touching leather."
The texture on the palate is lush and complex. Get notes of butterscotch, Dr. Pepper, black cherry, lime zest, and habanero.
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, and local Mizunara
- Peat: 25ppm
- Age: Minimum three years
- Limited production: 204 bottles
- 25 fl oz (750ml)