Located just a rock’s skip away from Kobe Bay, ocean-laden air is reflected in this whisky’s savory, saline driven purity. The town of Akashi, translated as the “Sun Rise City,” dates back over 500 years. Here, less than 100 yards from the ocean, the owner’s family has been making traditional Japanese alcoholic beverages, like sake, for over three centuries.
Founded in 1888, Eigashima Shuzo holds Japan’s first whisky license, issued in 1919, and remains Japan’s smallest whisky producer, comprised of a five-person team. Serious malt production at this distillery did not begin until 1984, when the current copper pot stills were put into action and a focus on premium whiskies began at their ‘White Oak’ facility. Following a program dedicated to crafting a refined, super-sippable whisky, production is limited to insure that quality is preeminent, making Eigashima’s Akashi one of the rarest whiskies available today.
Eigashima Shuzo Akashi Sommelier Series Wine Cask Matured Single Malt Japanese Whisky is a collaborative project between Eigashima Distillery and Master Sommelier and Tokiwa Imports Co-Founder Ken Fredrickson. This Pinot Noir cask finished single malt is the second edition in the series, aged 4 years in ex-bourbon barrels before resting for an additional 18 months in Pinot Noir Sirgue French oak casks sourced from an esteemed winery in Lompoc, California. It was released in the Fall of 2019. Robust with notes of red fruits, malt and floral essence, the palate has a richness that finishes long with soft, round edges. This is an exclusive 630 bottle release.
NOSE: Black tea, walnut, dried flowers.
PALATE: Stone fruits, tobacco and leather.
FINISH: Drying texture pairs nicely with the elegance in the notable red fruit finish.