Hatozaki Pure Malt Japanese Whisky - Kaikyo Distillery
Hatozaki pure malt Whiskey is produced by blending malts aged in three different barrels: ex-bourbon, ex-sherry and in barriques produced with the precious Mizunara wood (typical Japanese oak). Aging in Mizunara gives the distillate notes of sandalwood and incense. The nose is rich with notes of dried fruit, sweet cereals, honey, incense and sandalwood.
The Yonezawa family, brewers since 1856 and founder of Akashi-Tai Sake, began distilling Sochu and liqueurs in 1918. In 2017, to prepare for the celebrations of 100 years of activity, Kimio Yonezawa, owner / Toji of Akashi Sake Brewery, decides to renovate the area of the company dedicated to distillation and gives life to The Kaikyo Distillery Company. The production is profoundly renewed with the replacement of the old column still with a twin-pot still produced by the famous Forsyth's (the world's leading producer of stills for malt whiskey). Kaikyo Distillery initially shares premises with Akashi-Tai Sake and has held a whiskey production license since May 2017. It is subsequently moved to purpose-built premises near the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge from which it takes its name, as a tribute to the longer suspension bridge of the world, which connects the city of Kobe to Awaji Island passing over the Akashi Strait. After a long period of study and research, Kimio Yonezawa began distilling the first malt whiskeys in 2017 that will be released as Kaikyo Single Malt in 2022. In the meantime, the distillery has also started producing the 135 ° East Japanese Gin, which has since become immediately one of the most popular of the Rising Sun. The distillery has also released Hatozaki, a brand of Japanese whiskey refined by Kimio Yonezawa who also took care of the blen. Hatozaki is currently available as both blended whiskey and Pure Malt.