Maker: Kaiyo Trg Ltd, Hong Kong
Age: No statement, but aged in Mizunara oak, initially in Japan and then at sea.
Appearance: Medium amber; oily consistency; long legs.
Nose: Ship ahoy! Oak meets the sea.
Flavor: Salt and spice, supported by a well-rounded, medium-oily base, figuratively dance on the tongue.
Finish: Long, smooth, and mild, with a caramel bloom.
Conclusions: This “teaspooned” Japanese malt whisky comes at a premium, but its remarkable mix of characteristics renders it worth the investment.
Cocktail Recommendation: Highball, made with soda water. Anything else, I suspect, will compromise the delicate balance of this spirit.