World Whisky Review #19: Akkeshi New Born 2018 Foundations 2
Region: Hokkaido, Japan
Age: Blend of whiskies 8 to 17 months old
Cask Type: Bourbon casks
Color: 0.2, Pale Straw. Non-Chill Filtered, Natural Color.
Nose: Peat, peat, and even more peat. It’s got smokey peat, medicinal peat, and sweet peat. It reminds me of sweet, smoky barbecue sauce. I just want to slather this all over a rack of ribs. Yum.
Palate: Incredibly warm and thick on the tongue. And by thick, I mean almost as thick as honey thick. Without any water added, it’s actually tasteless while sitting on the tongue. With some water, it does thing out and you get a lot of firey peat with a bit of sweetness in the back.
Finish: Medium in length. There’s something bitter up front but that gives way really quickly to a lingering sweet peat and campfire smoke. Again, I really want to slather this on a rack of ribs. After a bit of water, there’s no more bitterness but the peat doesn’t linger near as long either. The firey peat comes forward and the sweet peat takes the back seat.
Conclusion: Akkeshi is the newest distillery in Japan, or so my Google-Fu tells me, having opened in 2016. This release from them has barely been aged and is a blend of 8-17 month old distillate. I’m not sure this can legally be called whisky in some other countries, but I might be wrong. Whatever it is, it’s absolutely packed full of peat. It’s got a wonderful nose and a wonderful finish that is just worthy of a summer barbecue. What’s really weird though is the distinct lack of anything while this guy sits in your mouth. It’s probably because it’s so young but a curiosity nonetheless. It’s definitely intrigued me and I’ll be watching closely to see real releases come out from this distillery in the years to come.
Final Score: 77.
World whisky review #19, Japanese whisky review #7, Whisky Network Review #99
- 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
- 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
- 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
- 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
- 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
- 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
- 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
- Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.