Kakubin was first created in 1937 by Shinjiro Torii, Suntory's founder and first Master Blender. Though initially named "Suntory Whisky," it was known lovingly as Kakubin, or "square bottle," due to its unique design. That name and square-cut, tortoise-shell design have remained for more than 80 years, a symbol of Suntory's commitment to unwavering quality. With a sweet aroma, rich flavor, and dry finish, Kakubin is a highly versatile whisky, and the Kakubin highball is the go-to for many Japanese when they go out for a night of food and drink.
Kakubin is a whiskey featuring a well-balanced mix of Yamazaki and Hakushu Distillery's bourbon barrel liquor, with a sweet scent, a rich body, and a dry finish. The deliciousness is further enhanced by using highballs.
The Alcohol is quite present so please give the Kakubin enough time in the glass to open up. The Kakubin is immediately recognisable as a Japanese whisky as the Aroma is quite distinctive. I'm nosing on the edge of the glass as the Alcohol remains strong. I find Floral and Fruity tones, young Grain Alcohol, Brown Sugar, Caramel, Plums, Sweet Candies, young Bourbon, Nuts, Cinnamon, Vanilla, light Honey, light Coconut Water and a little Citrus. It's nothing special but better than your average cheap Scottish Blend. I would rate it even higher if not for the sharp Alcohol that spoils a bit of the fun.
Watery, Sugary Sweet, Edgy and slightly Bitter with Grain Alcohol, Oak, Cereals, light Vanilla, light Honey, Grapefruit, light Pepper and light Ginger. What a disappointment after the reasonable Nose.
Short, Sugary Sweet and Watery with light Honey, Grapefruit, Nuts, Nut Shells, Grains, light Vanilla, Oak, light Pepper and Ginger.
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