Kura The Whisky Rum Cask Finish, NAS, 40 %
This is the “First and Only Whisky Brand with Japanese Rum cask finish”. The Kura The Whisky Rum Cask Finish is a blended malt from Helios Distillery, Japan. I have previously reviewed one other product from Helios (see review).
I haven’t found a whole lot of information on this product. But it appears it is made from whisky imported from Scotland, and then finished in Helios’ own ex-rum casks (source).
The name “Kura” is taken from the barrel-aged awamori produced at Helios Distillery.
Nose: Light fruitiness, vanilla, mild earthy notes. With time it appears a bit darker. The earthiness weighs a bit more, wet leaves and damp soil. Now I also pick up notes of leather, tobacco and citrus tea. The nose really does grow on me (No, I am not Pinocchio!). A touch of peat sneaks in as well. It smells a bit like rye.
Taste: Light and with medium body. Again the light fruitiness – fresh, green apples mainly. White pepper, cinnamon and simple syrup.
Finish: A relatively short finish. Wet planks and summer rain.
Comments: Comes across as a bit too young, although the nose is quite pleasant.