Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo
Today, we’re thrilled to be able to announce details of the fourth release in our series of bottlings of rare Japanese whiskies featuring prints from the great Yoshitoshi’s “New Forms of 36 Ghosts”. As always, it is a really special release: a 1980 single cask grain whisky from the mysterious Kawasaki distillery.
On the nose, the initial impressions are a Middle Eastern spice shop, old rum, polished wood and a multitude of sweet delicacies: butter tablet, coconut spread, crema catalana and chinsuko cookies. But there’s a lovely savoury side to the whisky as well: apple balsamic spare ribs, rafte (Okinawan simmered pork belly) and some foie gras with apricot preserve. Then, if you dig deeper, you find loads of other tiny aromas: overripe Yubari melon, baked vanilla custard with nutmeg, tupig (Filipino sticky rice logs with coconut cream and molasses, wrapped in banana leaves), Dutch spice cake and hints of rosemary, eucalyptus, spearmint and maraschino cherries. Water spotlights the savoury side and the spices, but at the expense of some of the lovely sweet notes.
Nothing prepares you for the intense citrus attack on the palate: grapefruit, yuzu peel, kumquats and Seville oranges out in full force! As the citrus settles down, other fruit notes start to emerge – ripe mangoes and balsamic roasted stone fruits (peaches, plums and cherries) – but it doesn’t stop there. You do get a bit of the sweetness hinted at by the nose (coconut scones and vanilla custard) but not as much as you would think. You definitely get more of the savoury notes and lots of spice (cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg) on the palate. A subtle bitter transition (grapefruit albedo) leads into the long finish where you get echoes of the citrus along with brown sugar on toast, lychees, fig sorbet and hints of ginger and After Eights.
Incredibly complex and lush, this is the grain equivalent of those glorious early 80s Karuizawas – which shouldn’t come as a surprise, really, since they come from the same stable.
Basically, interested parties can register for the lottery starting now (i.e. Wednesday, June 18th, from 4pm Japanese time). We will close the lottery application process on Tuesday, June 24th at 4pm, Japanese time. Then, after removing applications in breach of the rules (more about this below), an innocent hand – our editor’s five-year old son – will draw the lucky winners. Winners will be contacted on Tuesday, July 1st. (Please do not email us or Malt City before that date.) Winners will have one week to conclude the transaction. As always our releases are priced more than fairly. This Kawasaki will be 25,000 yen plus tax and shipping costs.
Our friends at Malt City have pretty impressive systems in place to remove applicants who try to game the system. (We’ve seen them in action when we had the lottery for our 2nd Ghost!) Attempting to enter multiple times is highly likely to have a negative impact on your chances of winning a bottle… so do read the fine print at the end of this post! Winners must conclude the transaction using an address and credit card that corresponds to the name and address used in the lottery application. Thanks, as always, for your continued support. We look forward to many more Ghost releases.
---Instructions to register---
- Go to this exclusive Malt City webpage.
- Please click the "Add to cart" button, and proceed in the NORMAL WAY. Entry is completed with this.
- No charge is made at this stage.
- Limited to one entry per person. Two or more entries by the same person will be disallowed.
- Entry is based upon the delivery address. Any entries with the same delivery address will be invalidated.
- Double (or more) entries will not be accepted.
- No forwarding services are accepted for this product. Malt City can only ship to a private address (the address of the person registering).
- Entry will close at 4pm (Japanese time) on June 24th.
- The Nonjatta team will draw the winners based on automatically assigned registration numbers.
- Malt City will email the winners and explain the purchase procedure on their website.
- The right to purchase the bottle is valid for 1 week after Malt City has contacted the winners (by email).
- Purchases by any people other than those chosen by the lottery will be disallowed.