Another great in proper review from our mate @whiskeybrad
White Oak Single Malt Whisky - NAS // Japan
Continuing our perusal of some non-Nikka/Suntory Japanese whisky producers, today we examine the White Oak Akashi Single Malt from Japanese producer Eigashia Shuzo. This is an NAS single malt comprised of malts aged from 4 to 7 years. It is bottled at 43%. Nose: Qunice, 梨, canned fruit from your local Red Owl circa 1983, hint of honey, aftermath of drag race, the nose is my favorite aspect of this whisky, it's all down hill from here;
Palate: Pear, ginger, rubbing alcohol, honey on the periphery, ナツメグのヒント;
Finish: Rubbing alcohol, 非常に乾燥し, stream water over mossy rocks, some harsh smoke, and again some hints at sweetness that leave you longing for more.
Overall: Given its price point, I'm not a big fan of the White Oak single malt. I prefer the blend (which I'll be posting my notes on next). I think this is a whisky that could benefit from some extra age. It's slightly unbalanced and the effects of extra time in the oak might even it out while upping the ante on some much needed honey, vanilla and nutmeg notes. With that said, it definitely has more of a unique Japanese character than say the previously reviewed Togouchi. ** out of 6.