Whisky, Islay Cask, Ohishi Distillery
Ohishi Whisky is distilled entirely from rice and aged in either Brandy or Sherry Casks. In order to ensure the quality of the spirit, the Master Distiller utilizes 30% estate grown grain for distillation, with the remaining 70% of rice (Mochi) coming from the surrounding Kumamoto prefecture. Weeds in the estate rice paddies are controlled, by the employment of koi fish to swim about the grass and nibble the invasive plants. Varieties of estate-grown rice include Hino hikari, Mori no kuma-san, Yamada Nishiki, Gohyaku Mangoku, and Gin no Sato. Because of the rice’s efficient and subsequent clean fermentation, Ohishi uses a pot still made from stainless steel, as opposed to copper.
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The 2020 iteration of Ohishi Islay Cask is comprised of 5 casks of Ohishi Sherry Cask and 5 casks of Ohishi Brandy Cask, finished for more than 1 year in ex-Islay (Bourbon) barrels. This edition is much meatier than the previous iteration. 7 years old at an ABV of 42.7%.