The White Oak distillery was founded in 1888 in southern Hyogo, the City of Akashi. The distillery is located on the shore Seto inland sea just west of Kobe, an area with a mild, stable climate. Originally a sake producer, White Oak was the first distillery in Japan to obtain a whisky license in 1919. Original distillation methods were largely based on skills gleaned from shochu production but continues with a respect for Scottish tradition, with the use of pot stills and malted barley from the UK.
A unique blend of sherry, brandy, bourbon, wine, American oak and even ex-shochu barrels allows for this unique Japanese Single Malt. Smooth, with lots of yellow apple, powder sugar, angelica fruit and hints of sea air.
This single malt Japanese whisky from the Akashi range, produced by White Oak in Hyogo, just west of Kobe. This non-age-statement release ought to prove rather interesting for whisky adventurers looking to try something new.