[Review] Single Malt Whisky Okayama Triple Cask

Since 1915, when Kame-zo Miyashita, the first generation of the company, started the brewing business in Tamano City, it has been a brewer with a history of more than 100 years, producing a number of famous sake.
The company’s philosophy is to handle all kinds of alcoholic beverages, and it is constantly taking on new challenges.
The first local beer in the Chugoku region, “Doppo” was a hit, and in 2011, the company obtained a license to produce whiskey in order to spread Japanese craft whiskey overseas at a time when whiskey was considered to be in a slump.
It has been three years since Miyashita Brewery, with its outstanding foresight, launched the single malt whiskey Okayama.
It has been three years since Miyashita Shuzo launched the Okayama single malt whiskey, and this time it is the triple cask version that was so popular last time.

1. Manufacturer

Miyashita Brewery Co.

Establishment 1915
Head office location 184 Nishikawahara, Naka-ku, Okayama 703-8258, Japan
Owned distilleryOkayama Distillery

2. Distillery

Okayama Distillery

Location 184 Nishikawahara, Naka-ku, Okayama City, Okayama 703-8258
Start of operation 2015 (Whisky production license was acquired in 2011)

It was founded in 1915 by Kamezo Miyashita in Tamano City, Okayama Prefecture.
In 1967, in search of better water, the brewery was moved to Nishikawahara, Naka-ku, Okayama City, on the banks of the Asahi River, one of the three major rivers in Okayama.
The Asahikawa River’s subterranean water is drawn up from 100 meters underground and used for brewing. Nearby is Korakuen Garden, one of the three most famous gardens in Japan, and the cold spring of Omachi, selected as one of the 100 best waters in Japan, providing a blessed brewing environment.

 

Main History
1915   Kame-zo Miyashita I started brewing sake in Tamano City.
1983   Started producing shochu.
1995   Launched “Doppo” , the first local beer in the Chugoku region.
2011   Obtained a license to manufacture whiskey.
2015   Celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the company.
           Installed a whiskey distiller (pot still).
2016   Launched Craft Gin Okayama.
2017   Whiskey Okayama was released.

Image source: YouTube

 

Address 703-8258
185-1 Nishikawahara, Naka-ku, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture

For more information about Okayama Distillery, please see here.

3. Product name and photo

Single malt whisky Okayama Triple Cask

4. Characteristics

Gold medal winner at Meiningers International Spirits Award ISW 2019
This is a limited-edition triple cask single malt whiskey made by malt barley from two-row barley grown in Okayama Prefecture, matured for more than three years in brandy, sherry, and Quercus casks, and then bathed in these three casks.
It was awarded Category Winner at the World Whiskies Awards 2020, the highest award in the Single Malt No Age category.

4-1. Tasting Notes

NoseMoist vanilla aroma. The chocolate-like sweet aroma increases with water.
TasteOn the palate, you can taste almonds and brandy with a hint of peat.
AftertasteA lingering nutty aftertaste is followed by a hint of sherry.

4-2. Product Specifications

Alcohol content43%
alcohol categorySingle malt whisky
Barrel type
Aged for at least 3 years in brandy, sherry and Quercus barrels.
Contents700ml
Number of bottles sold
Suggested retail price16,500 yen (tax included)
Release dateJuly, 2019

5. Awards

Meiningers International Spirits Award ISW 2019 Gold Medal
Category Winner, World Whiskies Awards 2020, Single Malt No Age Category

6. Price

6-1. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price

Product nameSingle Malt Whisky Okayama Triple Cask
Capacity700ml
Suggested retail price15,000 yen (tax included: 16,500 yen)

6-2. Resale price on Mercari

The resale price on Mercari is around 15,000 yen to 23,000 yen. (*As of February 14 , 2021)

It is currently difficult to obtain, and unfortunately some resale seems to have taken place on online auctions, etc.

6-3. Yahoo Auction Sold Price

The winning bid price on Yahoo Auction is Lowest bidder: 11,000 yen, highest bidder: 22,300 yen, average bidder: 16,514 yen.

(*Statistics for the past 120 days since February 14 , 2021)

6-4. Rakuten, Yahoo Shopping, Amazon

Mail order sites also sell them for around 16,500-18,000 yen. (*As of February 14 , 2021)

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6-5. Price offered at BAR Shinkai

At “BAR SHINKAI”, which is operated by our website, we offer even small amounts such as 1 glass, 45ml: 4,290 yen, 30ml: 2,860 yen, 15ml: 1,430 yen.

7. Summary

Miyashita Brewery has won numerous awards at the National New Breweries Competition, including “Doppo” the first local beer in the Chugoku region, and “Kiwamihiziri” a Japanese sake that now represents Okayama.
The name “Ginjo Whiskey” gives it a complex and deep flavor, and the skills of sake brewing cultivated over the past 100 years shine through.
I recommend drinking it straight, preferably in a straight glass or a wine glass with a wide mouth to feel the aroma.

Please check out the other articles about Okayama.

Lastly: Recommended Books on Japanese Whisky

If you want to learn more about Japanese whisky, which is a global trend, we highly recommend these books.

(1).Whisky Galore Vol.29 December 2021 issue

In the December 2021 issue of Whisky Galore, published by the Whisky Culture Research Institute, we report on 11 Japanese craft distilleries, including some that are open to the public for the first time, under the title of “Japanese Whisky Craft Frontline,” the first of three consecutive issues. Why did the popularity of Japanese whiskey and the craft boom occur? We will examine with interviews. Chichibu Distillery / Chichibu No.2 Distillery / Mars Shinshu Distillery / Mars Tsunuki Distillery / Kanosuke Distillery / Hioki Distillery / Ontake Distillery / Osuzuyama Distillery / Kaikyo Distillery / Hanyu Distillery / Konosu Distillery

(2). Japanese Whisky as an Education for Business

This is a book written by Mamoru Tsuchiya, a world-famous whisky critic and representative of the Whisky Culture Research Institute, titled “Japanese Whisky as a Culture that Works for Business” .
The book covers the basics of whisky, the introduction of whisky to Japan, the birth of Japanese whisky, advertising strategies and the rise of Japanese whisky, and the current rise of craft distilleries. This is a book that summarizes Japanese whisky in a very easy to understand way.

(3). Whisky and I (Masataka Taketsuru)

Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka Whisky, devoted his life to brewing whisky in Japan. This is a revised and reprinted version of the autobiography of a man who simply loved whiskey and talked about himself. The book vividly depicts the days when he went to Scotland alone to study as a young man and overcame many hardships to complete Japanese whisky, as well as his companion, Rita.

(4). A Letter of Challenge from a New Generation Distillery

Launching in 2019. With the world experiencing an unprecedented whisky boom, what were the managers of craft distilleries thinking and what were their thoughts as they took on the challenge of making whiskey? This book tells the stories of 13 craft distillery owners, including Ichiro Hido of Venture Whisky, famous for his Ichirose Malt, who inspired the birth of craft distilleries in Japan.

(5). Whiskey Rising

This is the Japanese version of Whisky Risng, published in the US in 2016, with much updated content. Not only does it describe the history of Japanese whiskey in detail, but it also includes data on all the distilleries in Japan, including the craft distilleries that have been founded in recent years. The book also includes descriptions of the legendary bottles that have been released, as well as information on bars where Japanese whisky can be found.

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