Kaiyo Misunara Cask Japanese Whisky Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Kaiyo Misunara Cask Japanese Whisky

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  • Distiller:

    Undisclosed

  • Bottler:

    Kaiyo

  • ABV:

    43%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: Not quite balanced. This one is a touch too heavy on the sweet and lacks the complexity one might hope for.
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  • Raided Score: 79
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: Actually, it was pretty good on the palate. A higher voltage and it would have reached the 80-mark in my book. Could it be that this one was really Japanese?
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Pastry, egg custard, and allspice flavors, followed by a wave of vanilla creaminess and a lengthy finish with fading spices.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: The finish is chewy, sweeter than it would let on, and with a slightly vegetal undertone, reminiscent of Japanese pickles, and lots of black tea flavors. Really interesting stuff — a youthful counterpart to some of Japan’s more mainstream products.
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  • Raided Score: 77
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Interesting. Pretty thin, without a ton of really exceptional character. It's not offensive or particularly bad, but there's little shining here to help it stand out in a universe of bland whiskeys.
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  • Intro:

    A blind review - let's see how this new Japanese whiskey on the market does. Mizunara (also spelled Misunara) is a rare Japanese wood that's incredibly hard to work with, and also expensive, so it's become quite the novelty in recent years.

  • Nose:

    Sulfur, apples, pears, clove, faint oak. Vanilla, musty funk.

  • Taste:

    Thin, no heat, pears, apples, vanilla, pepper, mild sulfur. Mildly lactic, sour.

  • Finish:

    Medium, hot, bitter, and sour fruits. Malty, mild pepper.

  • Overall:

    Interesting. Pretty thin, without a ton of really exceptional character. It's not offensive or particularly bad, but there's little shining here to help it stand out in a universe of bland whiskeys.

  • Score:

    4

  • By t8ke
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