Akashi is the official whisky from the Japanese White Oak distillery. As suggested by the name, the distillery is located in the small city of Akashi, south of the main island and a few miles away from Kobe, and was the first Japanese distillery to be granted a proper whisky distillation license, back in 1919. Whisky distillation takes place once a year over a four-month period from April to July. The Eigashima Sake Brewing Co Ltd can trace its historical roots back to 1679. Founded by a sake and scochu producing family. In 1888 it became the first licensed distillery in Japan. Started producing, on and off, a barley based spirit in 1919. It wasn’t until 1984 that the distillery established dedicated malt whisky production.
Akashi Meisei is a special edition, blended whisky made by one the oldest distillers of sake in Japan, White Oak. The Akashi Meisei contains 45% Single Malt matured in American Oak casks, which is a very high percentage of Single Malt for a Blend. Meisei in Japanese apparently means Celebrity...
A soft vanilla nose with hits of oak and a very smooth and soft finish.