Ohishi 10 Year Brandy Cask Finish
Ohishi 10 Year Brandy Cask Finish is an exceptional rice whisky that showcases the craftsmanship and innovation of Japanese distillation techniques. Crafted by Ohishi Distillery, situated on the banks of the Kuma River in Japan, this whisky is made from a blend of two rice varietals—gohyakumanishi and mochi rice—and draws its water from the river, which is renowned for its purity. The whisky is aged for 10 years and then finished in brandy casks to lend additional complexity and nuance to its profile. At Third Base Market & Spirits, we are thrilled to feature this extraordinary whisky that bridges the world of traditional Japanese whisky with European cask finishing techniques.
- Name: Ohishi 10 Year Brandy Cask Finish
- Type: Rice Whisky
- Age: 10 years
- Region: Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
- Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 42.8%
Tasting Notes and Technical Description:
The whisky boasts an elegant amber color, suggesting its long aging period and brandy cask finish. A swirl in the glass leaves fine legs, indicating its texture and richness.
The nose is intriguing and sophisticated, melding the grain's inherent sweetness with the darker, fruity notes imparted by the brandy cask. Aromas of ripe plums, dark cherries, and a hint of orange zest intertwine with whispers of caramel and a delicate floral backdrop.
Upon tasting, the whisky unfurls layers of complexity. Initial notes of sweet rice meld seamlessly with flavors of dark fruit—think plums and figs—from the brandy cask. As you delve deeper, subtle hints of spice, including a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg, appear, complementing the sweeter elements.
The finish is long and warming, allowing the complexities of both the rice grain and brandy cask to sing in harmony. A final note of dried fruit and spice linger on the palate, creating a memorable and fulfilling experience.
Smooth and velvety, the whisky has a medium-to-full body that fully engages the palate, allowing each flavor note to come into its own.
Third Base Market & Spirits Perspective:
Ohishi 10 Year Brandy Cask Finish is a rare gem in the world of whisky, offering an amalgamation of traditional Japanese craftsmanship and innovative cask finishing. It's an eloquent testament to the mastery involved in creating a well-balanced and multi-layered spirit. This whisky is a must-try for anyone interested in exploring the exciting intersections between different whisky-making traditions.
The whisky's rich and complex profile makes it an ideal candidate for pairing with equally complex dishes. Consider savoring it alongside rich meats like duck or venison, or even a dark chocolate dessert to complement its inherent sweetness and brandy cask influences.
Given its specific aging and unique cask finish, availability may be limited. We recommend contacting Third Base Market & Spirits to ensure this exquisite whisky is in stock.
In conclusion, Ohishi 10 Year Brandy Cask Finish provides a complex and rewarding tasting experience that combines the best elements of both Japanese and European whisky traditions. This is a bottle that belongs in the collection of any whisky aficionado or anyone looking to explore the rich tapestry of flavors that whisky can offer.