[Review] Single Malt Akashi 4 Year Old Japanese Sake Cask

Akashi is a brand of whiskey produced by the Eigashima Sake Brewery, which produces a variety of alcoholic beverages including sake, wine, and brandy.
The name “Akashi” is derived from the city of Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture, where the brand was born.
The company is also known as the brewer of “Kamitaka” sake, and also produces Western-style liquors such as “White Oak Whisky” blended whisky, “Charman Brandy” and “Charman Wine” .
Since around 2011, the company has also been focusing on overseas exports, and is particularly popular in France, with 90,000 bottles exported.
This cask series is a great value lineup that is cosmetically pleasing, accessible yet special.

1. Manufacturer

Eigashima Sake Brewery

EstablishedMay, 1888
Head office location919 Nishijima, Okubo-cho, Akashi, Hyogo 674-0065, Japan
Owned distilleryEigashima distillery (former White Oak distillery)

2. Distillery

Eigashima distillery

Address919 Nishijima, Okubo-cho, Akashi, Hyogo 674-0065, Japan
Start of operationin 1919.

1891 the shochu storehouse “Nibangura” was completed * Later it became a whiskey storehouse.
1919 Obtained a whiskey license and established a distillery.
      In the same year, the local whiskey “White Oak” was released.
1984 New distillery completed.
2007 First single malt whisky “Akashi” 8 years old released.

 

Akashi is made at the White Oak Distillery in Eigashima, Akashi City, Hyogo Prefecture.
The name of the distillery is now changed to Eigashima Distillery in order to make it easier to understand for foreign tourists.
The distillery is famous for being the closest distillery to the sea in Japan, and it is also the westernmost single malt whiskey distillery in Japan.
As a small fishing village, Eigashima enjoys a pleasant climate all year round and benefits from a warm oceanic climate right next to the Akashi Strait, an inland sea.
A license to produce whiskey and wine was obtained in 1919.
The first whiskey distillation in Japan took place at the Yamazaki Distillery in 1923, but it was the Eigashima Distillery (formerly the White Oak Distillery) that received the first patent for whiskey distillation in Japan in 1919.
In 1919, Masataka Taketsuru, the father of Japanese whiskey, went to Scotland to learn about whiskey distilling.
It is amazing that the White Oak Distillery existed at such an early stage.
However, although the patent was obtained, the correct method of making whiskey was not handed down, so it is said that what was being made at that time was imitation whiskey.

Reference: White Oak Distillery official website

 

See also this ↓ for more information on White Oak Distillery.

3. Product name and photo

Single Malt Akashi 4 year old Japanese Sake Cask 

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¥6,250 (2022/09/25 04:44:51時点 楽天市場調べ-詳細)
The Single Malt Akashi 4 Year Old is currently hard to find due to its limited quantity.
(The above link is to the Single Malt Akashi 3 Year Old Sake Cask.)

4. Characteristics

A single malt whiskey made at a small distillery in Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture, overlooking the Seto Inland Sea.
It is stored for four years in oak casks in which sake was stored.
Bottled in non-chill-filtered, non-colored casks in order to preserve the original flavor of the malt.

This sake cask is made by filling a sake cask with whiskey and maturing it.
During the sake making process, lactic acid is added to protect the yeast and encourage its activity.
The lactic acid flavor is transferred to the whiskey in the aroma as the most important element of sake cask, making it an unusual flavor.
Appeared following 2018.

4-1. Tasting Notes

NosePeaty, lactic acidic
TasteBittersweet, smooth and wild
AftertasteSweet aftertaste

4-2. Product Specifications

Alcohol Content50% 
alcohol categorySingle malt
Barrel typeJapanese sake barrels
Contents500ml
Number of bottles soldNumber of bottles sold
Suggested retail price6,380 yen (tax included)
Release date2019

5. Awards

There is no award history at this time.

6. Price

6-1. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price

[Limited Edition] Single Malt Akashi 4 Year Old Japanese Sake Cask

Product nameSingle Malt Akashi 4 years old Sake Cask
Volume500ml
Suggested retail price5,800 yen (tax included: 6,380 yen)

6-2. Resale price on Mercari

The resale price on Mercari is Around 5,500 to 6,600 yen The resale price on Mercari is as follows. (*As of 4/26/2021) *Currently sold out

6-3. Yahoo auction bidding price

The price on Yahoo Auction is Lowest bidder: 8,250 yen, highest bidder: 11,000 yen (*as of April 26, 2021)
The price on Yahoo!

6-4. Rakuten, Yahoo Shopping, Amazon

It is also sold at Around 6,250 yen The price on Yahoo! (*as of April 26, 2021)

created by Rinker
¥6,250 (2022/09/25 04:44:51時点 楽天市場調べ-詳細)
The single malt Akashi 4 year seems to be hard to get at the moment, partly because of the limited quantity.
(The above link is for the Single Malt Akashi 3 Year Old Japanese Sake Cask.)

6-5. Price offered at BAR Shinkai

At “Bar Shinkai”, which is operated by this site, we offer it in small quantities such as 1 glass, 45ml: 2,640 yen, 30ml: 1,760 yen, 15ml: 880 yen We also offer it in small quantities such as.

7. Summary

This is a limited edition single cask product released for the 2019 Modern Malt Whisky Market (a whisky event held by Sanyo Bussan Corporation for professionals in the liquor industry since 2006).
It has been matured a year longer than the one released in 2018, which gives it more depth.
First and foremost, it’s interesting to note that it’s rare for whisky to be exhibited in one-year increments, so if possible, it would be interesting to compare how the whisky has changed between three and four years.
This may be a good opportunity to get a feel for Angel’s share in Japan.

Please check out our other articles on Akashi.

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

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¥1,320
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(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.

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¥1,051
(2022/09/25 11:13:35時点 Amazon調べ-詳細)

(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.

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repicbook(リピックブック)株式会社
¥1,870
(2022/09/25 13:28:40時点 Amazon調べ-詳細)

(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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