Post by Stefan of Tokyo Whisky Hub.
In August of last year, Isetan Spirits Block Leader Keiko Manni spent an afternoon rummaging through the warehouse at Arran distillery in search of a cask to send back home. It must have taken the scenic route, because it took a while to get here, but finally the wait is over. It is available at Shinjuku's Isetan basement liquor section since Tuesday (22 January). I had the pleasure of trying it in the company of Ms Manni and well... to make a short story even shorter: it's phenomenal, the most lush ex-bourbon malt I've had in years. It was distilled on 12 December 2001 and bottled on 24 October 2012 at cask strength (56.7% abv). There are only 203 bottles and I don't think they'll be there for very long. If you're in the neighbourhood, do yourself a favour and drop by Isetan. You won't regret it.