Kujira Ryukyu Single Grain Bourbon Cask 20Yr Whisky 750ml
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This is made with Rice? It can't be that good then.....right?.....oh how wrong you would be. I was lucky enough to taste this when they first released the bottles in the US, and can say it is easily the best whiskey that I have tasted. Yes, it's considered a single grain whiskey in the US, but it's not considered a whiskey in Japan, as the spirit there is Shochu. It's still a grain, so technically it works, but this particular varietal is just flat out special. Aged for 20 years in ex-bourbon barrels, this liquid picks up all the unique features of the bourbon that came before it, while still maintaining the Shochu characteristics of an incredibly smooth, and refined drinking dram. There is definitely a sweetness to this, as there is no peat or smoke, which makes sense considering it never gets peated and is aged in previously used barrels. What you get instead, is an oily texture that lines up perfectly with the most refined and oldest scotches on the market, but having a completely unique and glorious pallet that is one of a kind. This is a bottle I'm going to own and drink many of, as I was blown away when I got to taste it for the first time. It's fantastic in every way.