The Single Malt Togouchi 1st Release is one of two first single malts released by the Sakurao Distillery. Until now, the Togouchi line of bottlings was made up of world blended expressions created using large portions of imported Scotch whisky, and to be honest, some of them were fantastic. However, it is without doubt a positive to see a new bottling in the line that is altogether more authentic and true to the distillery’s roots.
This one is a cask strength release, coming in at 52% ABV, and it differs from the Single Malt Sakurao in that it was matured in the famous Togouchi Tunnels – an old trial tunnel that allowed trains to pass through the deep mountain passes of Hiroshima. Today, it is the perfect location for maturing spirits thanks to the temperature and moisture levels, while it also adds a unique and interesting flavour to the expression.
The Single Malt Togouchi brings freshly sliced apple, apricot and marmalade on the nose before the palate arrives with a light and gentle smoothness that features citrus fruits, vanilla and soft oak. The finish is medium length and brings refreshing floral and grassy tones.
It’s a crisp and elegant single malt whisky and another that the Sakurao Distillery should be proud of.