The guys at Shinanoya have been busy lately. Hot on the heels of their recent ‘Game V’ (Hanyu 2000/2013, Mizunara Wood Finish), they have just launched a single cask ‘Akashi’ (from White Oak Distillery). It’s a 5-year old, matured in a bourbon (ex-Wild Turkey) cask and bottled at cask-strength (which always seems to be 58% there, regardless of age – I don’t know how they do it). This is, in fact, a sister cask (#1130) of the cask bottled for Hanshin Department Store in Osaka (#1129). The latter failed to impress us; here’s hoping the new Shinanoya release doesn’t display too much family resemblance.