Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo
It seems like the folks at Kirin have finally started lavishing some love and care on their whisky side business after decades of neglect. Having released a few special bottles to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Fuji Gotemba distillery last year (check here and here), they are continuing with two new projects this spring.
The first – “The Housky” Original Blend Kit – has just been released. It’s not really all that original - the big guns (Suntory and Nikka) have already released similar DIY whisky-blending kits in the past – but it is a first for Kirin. The set includes four 200ml bottles of whisky (two malt and two grain), two 250ml cans of soda, a jigger and a tumbler.
downloadable pdf-file with blank graphs to keep track of your own blending experiments.
We’re thrilled Kirin is releasing more and more special whiskies, but they need to reconsider a few things. First, why all these single grain releases when there is plenty of malt in the warehouses there, too? Variety is the spice of life, and all that. Secondly, why the low abv on these old exclusive releases when they are clearly destined for sipping, not for highballs or drinking on the rocks. Thirdly, the people at Kirin need to be disabused of the notion that you can slap ridiculous price tags on releases just because they are aimed at the connoisseur segment. Consumers have sent clear signals, one would think… if only the people at Kirin would be a bit better at listening. Anyway, modo liceat vivere, est spes…