Akkeshi Sarorunkamuy 2020 Lightly Peated Single Malt Whisky
Akkeshi Distillery is fairly new to the whisky scene and is moving away from imported ingredients, sourcing locally as much as possible. The distillery itself is also constructed to emulate the climate and terroir of Islay. Akkeshi calls this a lightly peated whisky, but compared to most Japanese whiskies, the peat influence is quite heavy.
This is Akkeshi's first single malt release (distilled in 2016), and has been aged in sherry, red wine, bourbon, and mizunara casks. Thick in texture, this whisky offers a complex nose full of sugarcane, ginger snaps, and banana, with layered fruit and savory flavors and a full texture finish.
Sarorunkamuy means "white crane" in the local Hokkaido Ainu dialect. Bottled at 55% abv.