Takamine 8yr Koji Japanese Whisky
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Takamine 8yr Koji Japanese Whisky

Item # 44855 750mL
$99.99/ Single Bottle
$599.94/ Case of 6
ABV
40.00%
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Tasting Notes

Named after a 19th Century professor, Jokichi Takamine, who patented a whisky making technique where the ancient use of koji in sake brewing was used to malt the barley for whisky instead of the typical western methods. His innovation has been revived by the Shinozaki family, brewers and distillers on Japan for hundreds of years with whisky production dating back over the past two decades. This excellent flagship release was made from koji malted barley that was double pot distilled and aged in casks of new white American Oak fashioned at the Ariake Cooperage in Miyazaki as well as ex-Bourbon casks. The barrel entry proof was a very low 86.7% abv, meant to preserve as much original flavor as possible, so even proofed down to 80, this is still a nearly cask strength bottling.


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Staff Pick Notes

Dr. Jokichi Takamine first applied Koji to American Whiskey in the 1890s. What is Koji, you might ask? Well, to be blunt it’s a mold. The same mold that makes your favorite miso or your favorite brand of soy sauce. Here, the mold's enzymes convert the natural starches of the grain into sugar. Shinozaki Distillery has revived this process to make their whiskey. This whiskey uses 40 percent Koji-fermented barley while the other 60 percent is made up of steamed barley. Pot-distilled twice, this whiskey goes into barrel at 86.7% and is matured in virgin American oak and ex-bourbon barrels. On the nose, this whiskey shows jasmine, baby powder, and lemon verbena with hints of butterscotch. On the palate, it’s full of citrus peel, vanilla, and pink peppercorns.

- MHG

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