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Founded in 2017 by the respected Shochu distillery Komasa Jyozo and situated along Fukiagehama Beach (the longest sand beach in Japan) in Kagoshima Prefecture. Konosuke is inspired by the idyllic views and fragrant sea breeze of the East China Sea. Founder, Yoshitsugu Komasa, strives to craft whisky equally as relaxing, leading to the distillery’s motto “Mellow Land, Mellow Whisky.”

Named for second-generation distiller Kanosuke Kosama, Kanosuke Distillery became operational in 2018, employing three Miyake copper pot stills, all with differing neck shapes and lyne arm angles that allow endless variation for layering and blending complex distillates. Though the sea along this dune-draped coast is calm in the summertime, fierce winter winds create unique climate variations within the prefecture’s subtropical climate. Drastic seasonal temperature fluctuations form ideal whisky maturation conditions and the proximity to the coastal sea spray imbues these aging sticks with minerality and salinity.

The first release was in 2021.


-Distilled from 100% malted barley; blend of malt peated to 50 ppm and unpeated malt

-Aged an average 4–5 years in a combination of ex–bourbon barrels, ex–Mellowed Kozuru rice shochu American oak casks, and sherry casks; non-age statement

Brand Tasting Notes: Robust notes of cinnamon, pastry custard, banana, and smokey incense on the nose precede a weighty palate of black tea, salted caramel, and baking spice with a dry finish full of salty-sweet smoke.

An older, smokey departure from Kanosuke Distillery’s previous annual, limited edition release, this heavily peated single malt blends peated and unpeated malts distilled in 2018 and 2019 that have been carefully aged in a variety of casks—including the distillery’s signature use of Mellow Kozuru rice shochu casks—and bottled at cask strength.

  • Bottle Size700
  • DistilleryKanosuke
  • StyleJapanese Whisky
  • RegionJapan
  • ABV59%
  • Year Bottled2023
  • Country of OriginScotland
  • Cask StrengthYes
  • Cask TypeBourbon
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