This is the second release of the “Kyoda Single Cask” single malt Japanese whisky from the Helios Brewery and Kyoda Distillery. The concept is to “enjoy the character of the cask to the fullest”.
Using English peat malt, the malt whisky was distilled at the Kyoda Distillery in 2019, aged for three years in oak casks, and bottled at cask strength out of the barrel.
It has a rum cask finish, with one cask carefully selected by Master Blender Shigetomo Terukina and post-aged in casks in which “rum” was laid down.
The label design features a background that recreates the pre-dawn atmosphere of the mountains near the distillery, with the product name adopted from the distillery’s place name “Kyoda” in strong brush strokes.
Of the limited edition of 525 bottles, [70 bottles sold in Japan] were sold exclusively through the official online store. The previous and second editions were also sold out at the online store, but they have been re-sold several times since then, so if you have missed out on buying one, be sure to “re-release notice”.
- 1. Manufacturer
- 2. Distillery
- 3. Product name and photo
- 4. Characteristics
- 5. Awards
- 6. Price
- 7. Summary
Helios Brewery Co.
|Head office||405 Aza Kyoda, Nago City, Okinawa 905-0024, Japan|
|Owned distillery||Helios Brewery Distillery|
|Location||405, Kyoda, Nago City, Okinawa 905-0024, Japan|
|Start of operation||2016 (Whisky production resumed)|
Helios Brewery, which currently holds six licenses to produce alcoholic beverages, has developed a wide variety of products under the motto of “a sake entertainer rooted in the community” in its pursuit of sake brewing that will last for a hundred years.
The first thing we are particular about in sake brewing is “water.” In search of abundant nature and clean water, the company found Kyoda, Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture, where it has been brewing sake since ancient times. Surrounded by the ancient Yanbaru forest, Kyoda has been called the “water city.” The rain that falls in the forest soaks deep into the earth, storing minerals in the soil, and is slowly released into the river over a long period of time. Helios Brewery’s sake is brewed using pure, natural water from the upper reaches of the river that runs behind the brewery.
The company’s flagship product is “Kura,” an old Awamori sake that has been a long-seller for 30 years since its release in 1991.
A whisky of the same name “Kura” is also available.
1961 Taiyo Brewery was established in Naha City. Produces rum made from Okinawan sugarcane.
1963 Helios Brewery established in Naha, Okinawa. 1969 Company name changed to Helios Brewery Co.
1972 Head office and factory relocated to the current location of Aza Kyoda, Nago City
1991 Utilizing the barrel-aging technology cultivated in the Western-style alcohol business, the company releases KURA, an old-fashioned Awamori aged in oak casks.
The company is a brewery with a long history, including the following Click here for a detailed history of the company.
Image exhibit: Helios Brewery official HP
For more information about the Kyoda distillery, see also here ↓.
3. Product name and photo
KYODA Single Cask 2022 Rum cask finish
KYODA Single Cask 2022 Rum Cask Finish
The second “single cask” rum cask finish from the Kyoda distillery.
Malt whisky made with English peat malt and distilled at the Kyoda Distillery in 2019, aged for 3 years in oak casks and bottled at cask strength.
Rum cask finish with one cask carefully selected by Master Blender Shigetomo Terukina and post-aged in casks in which “rum” was laid down.
The sweet aroma from the rum casks that stands out, followed by the exquisite harmony of the smoky aroma from the peat malt that follows. The sweetness of the malt and the deep richness of the malt spread on the palate. Please enjoy Cask No. 4265’s character, brought out to the maximum by the rum cask finish, straight out of the bottle.
Reference: Helios Brewery online store
4-1. Tasting Notes
Aroma Sweet and sour aroma of burnt caramel, toast, and rum raisins. Taste Brown sugar, candy, salty Aftertaste
Sweet rum aroma gradually fills the nose, followed by mild peat.
4-2. Product Specifications
|Alcohol content||56.9% alcohol by volume|
|Alcohol category||Single Malt Japanese Whisky|
White oak casks, rum casks
|Number of bottles sold||525 bottles (70 bottles sold in Japan)|
|Suggested retail price||15,950 yen (tax included)|
|Release date||October 28, 2022|
No awards received at this time.
6-1. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price
|Product Name||Kusuda Single Cask 2022 Rum Cask Finish|
|Suggested Retail Price||Including tax: 15,950 yen|
6-2. Resale price on Mercari
Resale price on Mercari is around 30,000 yen. (*As of 11/9/2022)
6-3. Sold price on Yahoo! Auction
The item does not appear to be currently listed on Yahoo! Auction. (*As of 11/9/2022)
6-4. Rakuten, Yahoo Shopping, Amazon
The item does not appear to be currently available on mail order sites. (*As of 11/9/2022)
6-5. Prices offered at BAR Shinkai
At “BAR Shinkai” operated by this site, we offer small quantities such as 1 glass, 45ml: 4,620 yen, 30ml: 3,080 yen, 15ml: 1,540 yen, etc.
The aroma is generally sweet and pronounced. As time goes by, the sweetness becomes more pronounced. The sweetness is the main flavor and the taste is rather heavy, so if you do not like sweetness, we recommend adding a small amount of water. The peat is weak and can be felt only a little in the aftertaste.
The impression has changed drastically since the previous “Kyoda Single Cask 2021” was mainly finished with a fruity sweetness reminiscent of the tropics and a sense of oakiness.
Both the previous and the current one were aged for 3 years and were single cask, but the rum cask in the finish changed the flavor dramatically.
The official website introduces the distillery as “a cask carefully selected by master blender Shigetomo Terukina,” and I personally think it is a distillery that deserves more attention for its well-rounded and easy-drinking flavor.
I personally think it is a distillery that deserves more attention.
■Please take a look at other articles about “Kyoda”.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.