The Akkeshi Kanro is the first release in the distillery’s new “24 Solar Terms” lineup. This exciting range of bottles will explore the effects that the local climate, wildlife and farming activity have on the exceptional liquid being produced by the distillery, with Kanro translating to “cold dew”.
It was created using peated malt whisky that was matured in a mix of bourbon, wine, mizunara and sherry wood before being married to create a smooth, intriguing and flavourful expression. If, like us, you enjoyed the Sarorunkamuy, then the Kanro is sure to be to your liking.
It brings gentle strawberries (a theme of Akkeshi whiskies), orange, apple and cereal on the nose that blend seamlessly with buttered toast, sour lemon and a sweet creaminess. The palate arrives with more sweetness, lingering black pepper and creamy chocolate before a medium length finish. It’s a beautiful, gentle and moreish expression, just as we have come to expect from this promising young distillery.
Much like their previous release, all of the whisky inside the Kanro has likely been aged for at least 3 years. This is yet another attractive attribute of the Akkeshi distillery – they have always been honest and had high standards from the beginning, meaning that we (the drinkers) can place our trust in their products, knowing that they are striving day after day to produce something truly exceptional, rather than something that is simply profitable.
The Akkeshi Kanro is limited to just 15,000 bottles and, if it’s as popular as their last bottling, they won’t last long.