Kirin 20th Anniversary Pure Malt Whisky


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Kirin 20th Anniversary Pure Malt Whisky, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Fuji-Gotemba distillery, which opened in 1973. The bottle is therefore from 1993, when Japanese distillers were sometimes a little casual with their use of whisky terms. At the time, it was not unknown for single malts to be called pure malts.

Whisky OriginJapanese
Single MaltYes
Alcohol Strength40.0%
Bottle Size70cl
Label ConditionGood
Shoulder LevelGood
Weight 2 kg


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Kirin breweries is one of the largest breweries in Japan. Its roots stretch back to 1869when a Norwegian American business man named William Copeland founded the spring valley brewery in Yokohama. The founders took CopelandÇs assets over and set up their own brewery which they called Japan Brewery company in 1885. Already in 1888 it began production of Kirin beer which is today along with Asahi the major beer brand of Japan.

Nose: Chopped walnuts mixed with a tropical fruit salad of pineapple, mango, papaya (paw paw) and pear. Very fresh and clean, with some wood varnish, pencil shavings and nutmeg spice, adding to the complexity. After about 20 mins, there are notes of vanilla and sweet tobacco. Palate: Lovely, clean malt, with a delightful interplay between the walnuts and coconut oiliness. White pepper and nutmeg. The fruits on the nose are present, but in a more concentrated dried form. Fresh passion fruit. Finish: White pepper, nutmeg, walnuts, pineapple, papaya, coconut, passion fruit, and sweet tobacco. The passion fruit and sweet tobacco flavour hangs on for an age.

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