When my fiancé came in the door and said I got you a Japanese whisky and it’s peated! He immediately had my attention. Give me whisky that tastes like campfire and I’m all in.
The Matsui is a whisky produced at the Kurayoshi Distillery which is at the foothills of Mt. Daisen in Japan. This bottle is one of three in a series.
Nose: peat and light smoke
Palate: fruit, salt, toffee, vanilla and smoke
Finish: hints of smoke
The smoke in this whisky is extremely subtle, but it’s also unique. Unlike the strong Islay peat, this peat is quite delicate and beautiful. It’s peat like I’ve never tasted before.
This whisky is smooth, balanced and would be perfect for those folks who want to try lightly peated whiskies instead of the full blown ones found in Islay. Peat is a flavor that at times can overwhelm a persons palate (not me, just saying) but Matsui is so different I think many would enjoy it. What I didn’t love about this whisky, the price. Cost is around $75 – $85 and I do think it’s a little high. Now, were it at cask strength at $75 then I’d have no issue but it’s not.
We are still going to enjoy this whisky and on days we want a little of smoke in our lives, this will be our go to.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.