Akashi Single Malt Whisky Sherry Cask Eigashima Whisky
The Akashi Single Malt Whisky White Oak distillery in the town of Akashi is supposedly the oldest distillery in Japanese (four years older than Yamazaki, they say). The Eigashima Company (current owner of the distillery) didn’t release their first single malt until 2007. The malt comes from Scotland, and this distillery only operates for two months out of every year.
Single malt Japanese whisky from the Akashi range, produced by White Oak in Hyogo, just west of Kobe. This non-age-statement release ought to prove rather interesting for whisky adventurers looking to try something new.
Eigashima Shuzo Ltd. is a small company with a HUGE history — but you have to dig a bit to find it. This family business was established in 1679, and was one of the most important businesses in Japan during the Meiji Period. Real Samurai, Shogun, Ninjas, and Japanese Emperors drank their products. They started making Sake and Shochu in 1888. And even thought they received a license to make Whiskey in 1919, they didn’t start using it until 1984 — initially just for local consumption. They make a wide range of traditional Japanese beverages and Whiskies in their White Oak Distillery, located along the sea-shore about twenty-five miles west of Osaka in the town of Hyogo.