Shizuoka Prologue W & K Set 55.5% NV
€ 225,00 (in. BTW)
|Gedistilleerd op||Not Specified|
|Cask Type||First-fill Bourbon casks|
|Conditie||In Original Box|
The Shizuoka Distillery is located in the wooded hills west of the town of Shizuoka. And that city is about 1.5 hours by fast Shinkansen train, south of the center of Tokyo. Taiko Nakamura was inspired during a trip to distilleries in Scotland, and decided to build his own distillery near his hometown of Shizuoka. His wife Mika imports Scotch whisky with her company Gaia-flow. So they were already in buisness with the drink.
As an engineer, Taiko had his own installation company and he has used that knowledge to build a distillery that is very traditional on the one hand, and very modern on the other. As you walk through this beautifully situated distillery, you will notice the beautiful wooden washbacks, as well as the very modern return valves and sight glasses.
For the connoisseurs of Japanese whiskies, the name Karuizawa has almost a mythical meaning. The stills from this vanished distillery were part of Taiko Nakamura's plans when he designed the Shizuoka Distillery. Previously, he had acquired these stills at an auction. Unfortunately, however, the karuizawa stills were too bad to use, except for one.
The Shizuoka Distillery now has 2 stills that were made at Forsyth's in Scotland and 1 still that previously served at Karuizawa a long time ago.
The "old" Karuizawa still in is once again in production.
But the 2 "Scottish" stills are also special to say the least. Especially the “Wash Still” can be described as such. This is in fact heated directly with a wood fire in the boiler under the still. All day long, an employee is stoking the fire by adding logs to the fire.
Something that doesn’t happen anymore, but gives the whisky a special character.
The Prologue K (Karuizawa Still) fills the nose with fresh vanilla, hot candies, lilac blossom in the spring, pinewoods in the wet autumn and white fruit. Flavors of white herbs combined with earthy notes, again that before mentioned combination of white fruit and lilacs, after which the tongue doesn’t let go by the herbs. It surly grasp your attention!
The Prologue W (woodfired still) fills the nose with more white fruit combined with tumtum candies, green apples, and then evolving into sweet soy sauce. A combination of charred oak and a pinch of leather take over. The taste is full of crème brûlée, oak wood, (white) pepper, exotic herbs and much more. The finish is long and warm with wood smoke also being a part. Or am I imagining that?