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Matsui “Sakura Cask” Single Malt Japanese Whisky (48% abv)

Matured in the wood of the cherry tree, this does impart a spicier than normal intensity, which in itself closes out the barley. Just drips with personality.    Jim Murray’s Whisky bible, 92.5 points

The Matsui Sakura Cask, Double distilled in pot stills then aged in Sakura oak cask, the famous and iconic Japanese cherry tree. This tree holds an important place in Japanese culture. Often used as a metaphor on ephemerality of beauty and life. It always has been a source of inspiration for Japanese artists.

International Whisky Competition “Best Japanese Whisky NAS” 

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Matsui “Peated” Single Malt Japanese Whisky (48% abv)

Kurayoshi Distillery lies between Osaka and Hiroshima in the foothills of Mount Daisen, where it produces single malt whiskies brought to proof with soft, mountain spring water. The label, adorned by Hokusai’s The Great Wave, portends this whisky’s rush of flavor: satisfyingly smoky, with noticeable structure and complexity. Kippers on the nose, with burnt aromatic grasses, cocoa, and jellied fruits, and a smoky palate of red apple, ginger, pepper, orange, and mango. Smoke writhes like a serpent on the finish, sliding off the walls dripping with sweet tropical fruits. —Jonny McCormick

Awards

Whisky Advocate Top 20 Whiskies #19

San Francisco World Spirits Competition “Gold Medal”

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The Matsui Single Malt Whisky Mizunara Cask (48.1% abv)

The Matsui, Mizunara cask claimed the prestigious world’s Best Japanese Single Malt award with a rating of 95/100 in the Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2020.

“There is a fragility to this aroma almost unmatched in the whisky world: the malt is sharp and brittle, the sweetness limited to no more than a hint of marzipan”. » (Jim Murray’s Whisky bible, 2020, p.299)

San Fransisco World Spirits Competition “Double Gold Award”

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The Kurayoshi 18 Year Old Blended Malt Japanese Whisky (50% abv)

A perfect marriage of cultures, one an old hand at the whisky game and the other a comparative young buck, Matsui Shuzou have blended Scottish and Japanese malts to create a unique and rather splendid hybrid. The Kurayoshi 18 year old is a smoky, fruity drop with hints of vanilla.

World Whisky Awards 2019 “Gold”

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The Kurayoshi 12 Year Old Japanese Pure Malt Whisky (43% abv)

This is the 12 year old Kurayoshi expression – a blended malt from the little-known Matsui Shuzou distillery in Japan’s Tottori Prefecture. This whisky is made with malts sources from Scotland, then blended with Japanese whisky and volcanic-rock-filtered water.

The rich aroma of fragrant mixed nuts, including almonds and the heavy malt aroma, spread throughout the mouth, giving a sense of the long-term maturation of over 12 years. Good vanilla and raisins with faint smokiness is felt. The long term aging give an outstanding balance of tart and sweet. A soft and smooth finish remains.

San Fransisco World Spirits “Gold Medal”