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Single Malt Japanese Whisky Sakurao

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(SAKURAO B&D) (formerly known as Chugoku Brewery Co., Ltd.), famous for its SAKURAO GIN, launched a project in 2015 to build a new distillery as a 100th anniversary project.

SAKURAO DISTILLERY was born in Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, known as the town of Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage Site, and began operation in January 2018.

In July 2021, the 1st Release Cask Strength of Single Malt Japanese Whisky SAKURAO and Single Malt Japanese Whisky TOGAUCHI are launched.

About a year later, the single malt was released in a watered-down version with an alcohol content of 43%.

Although the limited number is not certain, it is likely to be shipped to restaurants, hotels, bars, and other commercial outlets, as well as to a reasonable number of retail outlets for general consumers.

 

The Bottle

Aroma of mild Setouchi tides, woody and pleasant smoky flavor

The distillate is aged for more than 3 years at the Sakurao distillery.

The distillery is located on the ocean side, and the barrels have a subtle aroma of the Seto Inland Sea. The environment has a large difference in temperature throughout the year, so the aging process proceeds quickly.

It has a long-lasting woody aroma and a subtle peaty flavor. The taste is complex and deep, with a rich sweetness and a slight bitterness.

 

 

Aroma Fresh citrus, vanilla, and gentle peat aroma
Taste Milky sweetness with a hint of peat, and a bitterness that brings out the best in the overall taste.
Aftertaste Woody, sweet, and bitter.

 

 

Alcohol content 43% alcohol by volume
Distillate Single malt Japanese whisky
Cask type Cask type
Volume 700ml
Number of bottles sold Limited quantity
Suggested retail price 6,600 yen (tax included)
Release date June 6, 2022

 

 

 

Our Take

Compared to the cask strength version released last year, the flavor seems much milder. The taste is easy to drink and favorable for whisky beginners. 

The Sakurao aging cellar is located by the sea. This whisky has an impressive salty taste reminiscent of the sea. This Sakurao distillery has already started producing grain whisky, and in a few years, a three-year aged grain whisky will be ready. The distillery is also increasing its production of malt whisky, and seems to be producing a variety of malt whisky. I think they are one of the top class distilleries in terms of production volume among domestic craft distilleries.

I have high expectations for their future releases.

 

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