Shin Select Reserve
Eigashima Shin Select Reserve is a blended whisky reserved in Japanese Shochu cask (American Oak) around 3 years, aged in ex-bourbon casks before finishing in ex-sherry casks for 2 years.
Shin and Akashi whiskies are the only whisky in the world that is made by a Toji (grand-master in the art of sake making) by implementing sake-making methodologies into the whisky-making process. The pot stills that are used are smaller than those used by both Scottish and other Japanese distilleries, which in turn, decreases the levels of fusel alcohol. As a result, Akashi whisky does not require as long of an ageing process, while its core malt (cask strength) is smooth and delicate.
Colour: Shin Select Reserve is orange amber gold with medium tears
Nose: Cereal barley malt, some caramelised sugar and light treacle, hints of vanilla custard and crème brulee, fruity apples and pears, toffee and caramel
Taste: Light and smooth initially, creamy caramelised sugar, caramel, fudge, toffee, vanilla, some spices begin to develop, a light wasabi heat and a little fennel give this a spiced kick
Finish: Medium, balanced between creamy vanilla toffee and drying spiced oak and hints of peat