Matsui Single Malt The Peated
Matsui Single Malt The Peated Japanese Whisky at Third Base Market & Spirits
From the secluded Kurayoshi distillery in the Tottori Prefecture, comes Matsui Single Malt The Peated, a whisky that epitomizes the Japanese virtue of "Wabi-Sabi"—the acceptance and celebration of imperfection. This enigmatic peated expression, imported directly from Japan, is a unique addition to the curated collection at Third Base Market & Spirits, offering a sublime cross-cultural journey in each dram.
- Name: Matsui Single Malt The Peated
- Type: Single Malt Whisky
- Age: Not Stated (NAS)
- Region: Tottori Prefecture, Japan
- Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 48%
Tasting Notes and Technical Description:
The whisky graces the glass with an elegant, straw-colored hue, attaining a slightly oily appearance that signals a complex, full-bodied profile.
The nose is surprisingly gentle for a peated whisky, teasing with soft wafts of medicinal iodine and brine. This maritime character is embellished by an ethereal sweetness—think green apples and white floral nuances.
Your first sip reveals an intricate dialogue between peat and malt. The smokiness is neither overwhelming nor subservient but performs a nuanced dance with sweet undertones of honey, oak, and a sprinkle of spice. The malt character is complex, enriched by notes of dried fruit and an almost bourbon-like vanilla.
Long and satisfying, the finish evolves from its smoky genesis to a crescendo of umami and subtle sweetness, evoking a sense of longing for another sip. A touch of seaweed and salt might remind you of a sea breeze on a distant shore.
With a luxurious, almost creamy mouthfeel, the higher ABV provides a commendable structure to the whisky, elevating each flavor note without overpowering the palate.
Third Base Market & Spirits Perspective:
At Third Base Market & Spirits, Matsui Single Malt The Peated offers an unparalleled whisky experience, especially for those enamored by the marriage of Japanese craftsmanship and Scottish tradition. This whisky finds its admirers among both peat aficionados and those new to the smoky allure of peated malts. It stands as a tribute to cross-cultural mastery, harmonizing elements from two revered whisky-making traditions.
This exceptional Japanese whisky is a prestigious member of our global selections, cherished for its ability to transcend regional boundaries while staying true to its roots.
In conclusion, Matsui Single Malt The Peated is a whisky that defies expectations, offering a rich, layered experience that is as diverse as it is coherent. Its presence in the offerings at Third Base Market & Spirits emphasizes our commitment to sourcing spirits that not only satisfy but also enlighten. It is a must-try for anyone seeking to explore the sophisticated symphony of flavors that can arise from the alchemy between peat and malt.
There are other peated whiskies in the world aside from just the ones made on that island but it's a natural comparison. This has the candied bacon and soft campfire on the nose and it carries through on the palate as well. But there's caramel, vanilla, and almond, especially on the attack, that leavens the impact of the peaty smoke. It ends up being a little softer and more polite than the smokiest whiskies I can think of but it is just as satisfying. Definitely worth the price.