Kaiyō was founded by a former Asahi employee.
Kaiyō Mizunara Oak - from the
Japanese oak tree in Osaka Japan, aged on land and at sea, 43% ABV: a light amber colour on inspection; a nose of apricots,
orange peel, sea breezes, and wet cardboard; the bouquet is quite thin.
Taste: caramel, ripe bananas, black tea, sweet honey, cedarwood, plus a little fruit marmalade and corn syrup. The finish consisted of a salty caramel with cinnamon and lasted 70 seconds. This Scotch was of medium intensity with no peat. June 2021. 3.5/5
Kaiyō Mizunara Oak Cask Strength Osaka Japan aged on land and at sea in Mizunara oak casks, 53% ABV: an amber colour; on the nose caramel, vanilla, orange zest and a bit of mint.
In the mouth oak, ginger, spicy cardamom and some herbs, with a fine finish of 70 seconds. Steelier, a bit more serious, and less fruity than the 43% version. June 2021. 3.75/5