The entry level single malt from the White Oak distillery, owned by Eigashima, is a great example of the heavily Scotch influenced Japanese whisky making. It’s bottled non-chill-filtered at 46%.
Nose: Herbs and pine on the nose, rather forest like. Some white grape. Dry oak, with lavender and floral undertones. Some tobacco smoke.
Palate: Rich malt with pungent grapes. Pine note is there again. Oak and floral notes accompany slightly bitter cirtus rind. Very faint pork.
Finish: Oak, vanilla and wood spice. Medium.
Overall: An exciting expression from Akashi, that uses its youthful fire to good effect. Herbal and woody, you'd be forgiven for thinking of the forest floor whilst sipping this dram. Anyone with an interest in world whisky needs to try this.