Ohishi Tokubetsu Reserve

This is a marriage of 27 year old, 10 year old, and 7 year old whiskies aged in sherry casks. The 27 year old whisky actually came out of the barrel under proof at 38% ABV, but mingling it with the two younger whiskies has led to a final, cask-strength ABV of 40.5%.

Whisky Advocate says:

Ohishi is from Japan, but it’s not Japanese whisky as you know it. This whisky is made from rice and fermented with both yeast and koji, a kind of fungus that’s also used in making miso and soy sauce. Chris Uhde of GRC Imports, who discovered Ohishi and brings it to the U.S., is working with the master distiller to create unique expressions like Islay Cask and Tokubetsu Reserve. He says about Tokubetsu Reserve: “It is done with the Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch #3 in mind. I was able to try the individual casks that went into the Tun 1401 Batch #3 and I was amazed how Dave Stewart [malt master for Balvenie] was able to take already great whiskies (including one underproof) from different years and make something that is better than its individual parts.”


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