Matsui Distillery Kurayoshi 25 year
ounded in 1910, Matsui Shuzo is located in the Tottori Prefecture, Northwest of Kyoto and Northeast of Hiroshima, on the shore of the Sea of Japan. Over 14% of the prefecture is a natural park, packed with lush vegetation, rugged coastlines, rivers, and lakes.
Matsui Shuzo is historically known in Japan as both a sake brewery and shochu distillery. While the juice in Kurayoshi is 100% malted barley, the spirits themselves have been sourced from distilleries around Scotland before making their journey to Japan, where they are blended with Japanese-distilled malted barley, then aged (3-18 years). The whisky is then proofed down with the famously soft ground waters of Tottori Prefecture. All expressions of Kurayoshi are non-chill filtered, with no caramel added, and over 40% ABV.
Matsui has proven itself to be masterful in blending and aging whisky with both its Kurayoshi and Tottori collections, and is now stepping confidently into the world of whisky distillation with it’s single malt collection entitled, “The Matsui”.
It's hard to describing exactly what happens to a whisky after a quarter century in cask and much of the aging process remains a mystery and unpredicatble even to the brightest minds. The possibility of seemingly infinite potential and possibilities is part of what makes this precious liquids so special particularily the older they get. When aged right they are truly transportive and few artisans have the skills to deliver spirits of this age that are packed with nuance, balance and a vivid transparency of flavor. This is a bottle that is reaching for the mountaintops.