Ikikko Japan 8 Year Koji Whisky Sherry Cask


Brand Ikikko
Iki Island (Nagasaki Prefecture) is a 53.46 square mile island situated to the north of Nagasaki and the west of Fukuoka, Japan. The population of the island is just under 30,000 people.

Distillation on the island is special as it typically comprises of a
1/3 koji rice to 2/3 barley grain bill. This is because the island is
renowned for growing both barley and rice. While rice cultivation measurements determined the amount owed and what was paid as the Nengu (Land Tax) to the Government during the Edo period, barley was not part of the Nengu (Land Tax) so the island had excess supply which allowed them to explore the fermentation of that grain. In fact, Iki Island is known as the birthplace of barley shochu during the 16th century.

Tasting notes:

NOSE - Ripened dark fruits, white pepper, and aged allspice mix harmoniously with subtle citrus & morning dew.

PALATE - Wood fiber soaked with light cardamom, delicate cream, and tangerine is followed by a rising crescendo of clean spices with a lingering touch of herbal tea and steamed rice.

FINISH - Distant sea salts arrive with a balanced amount of dried wine as
the oily peppermint and candied sweetness allow for a clarified and complex lasting experience.