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Kamiki Japanese Whisky Finished In…Cedar Casks??

The art of finishing whiskey is something we’ve explored in-depth before, noting how a good secondary or even tertiary aging in other types of barrels besides what the spirit is initially laid in can add some fascinating additional flavor notes to the tasting profile. Usually these barrels are oak as far as wood types go, but now a distillery out of Japan is claiming to have the world’s first whisky to be finished in Japanese cedar cask.

Kamiki Blended Malt Whisky, according to those behind it, is a non age-statement expression blending select Japanese malt whiskies with malt whiskies from the rest of the world (confused on how they can do that? Here’s an explanation as to what happens). This blend is then cut with Japanese spring water and then finished for an undisclosed amount of time in Yoshino Sugi, more commonly known as Japanese cedar.

image via Yoshino Spirits

Japanese cedar is reportedly said to be known for “its pleasant fragrance and soft texture that help calm the mind and the body.” How this translates to this 48% ABV bottling supposedly is to smooth the taste and add a “scent of sandalwood on the nose and a zest of green tea in the finish.”

Now if you are wondering how this tastes beyond the official tasting notes, which are at the end of this article, early reviews from the whiskey blogger community are decidedly mixed. It seems to have won a few mentions at various spirits competitions, including taking a gold at the San Diego Spirits Festival last year.

Should you want to seek out a bottle of Kamiki, said to have been blessed by priests from the Ōmiwa Shrine in Japan, you may have to wait a bit as distribution seems limited at this time. Word is, though, it is supposed to come to the U.S. at some point.

Perfectly balanced with heather honey, sweet caramel, Japanese plum, balanced oak, peat and toffee with hints of sandalwood and green tea.

About the author

Nino Marchetti

As the founder of The Whiskey Wash, I'm crazy about whiskey, I can tell you, and I aim to share this passion with you through this site. As for my professional background, I’m a writer and journalist by trade and an Internet dot-com veteran prior to that. My most recent venture prior to this was as the founder and editor-in-chief of EarthTechling, a leading consumer focused green technology news website. I also have an extensive collection of whiskies from both start up distilleries and centuries old operations in Scotland alike, sprinkled with some other odds and ends from around the world, that have provided me with a unique picture of what’s going on with this wonderful spirit.