Makoto 23 is a single grain Japanese whisky, distilled, bottled, and aged at the Kumesen Distillery in Okinawa, Japan. Only 3,600 bottles of this whisky have and will ever be produced. It's level of complexity highly praised by whiskey connoisseurs all over the world—a great addition to any whiskey collector or enthusiast. In Bushido, the unwritten Samurai code of conduct, Makoto is the principle that represents Honesty and Sincerity. Guided by Makoto, the warrior seeks consistency between words and deeds. We crafted this whiskey with the virtue of Makoto as our inspiration.
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MAKOTO 23 SINGLE GRAIN - 0.75 L
- Product Weight
- 6 kg
Makoto 23 began it’s journey in 1995 when it was distilled at the Kumesen Distillery in Okinawa Japan. After the distillation process using locally grown ingredients it is then aged for 23 years in ex-bourbon casks. The maturation process in the warm climate of Okinawa causes an acceleration of aging, causing this whisky to develop incredible complexity that few whiskies can rival. Every whisky aged for 23 years is considered rare, but with only 3,000 bottles of this whisky ever produced this is truly an experience that will never be replicated.
Tasting notes from the newest 2021 Edition of Whisky Bible: anyone who knows and appreciates a Jaffa Cake will recognise instantly the beautiful marriage between the sweet fruit and the moodier dark cocoa. Of course, here the chocolate represents age. It does so this time with a degree of sprightliness, but also leaves no doubt to the grain’s antiquity, underlined further by the depth of the spice; this style of gentleness is reserved for grain whiskies; this degree of complexity between the dates, pears, ulmo honey, and butterscotch is the unique domain of greatly aged whiskies in even older casks; the softness of the ulmo honey continues to melt the heart; the spices remind you that this grain has been in the warehouse a good number of warm summers, but not quite warm enough to do any damage; the more I taste of this grain distillery, the greater I am impressed. What a thoroughly charming, beautifully integrated whisky. Not a single false step or off note. Unquestionably one of the friendliest and most genteel whiskies of the year. Ignore this one at your peril…it is an absolute gem.
Awards: Bartender Spirit Awards 2020: Producer of the Year, SIP Awards 2020: Platinum & Best in Class Medal, Whisky Bible 2021: 95.5 points, Bartender Spirits Awards: Gold Medal, Whisky Bible 2021: Single Grain Japanese Whisky of the Year.