Limited Production

Introducing Kura the Whiskey from The Helios distillery in Okinawa Japan. The Whisky is a pure malt bottled at 40% ABV. 

The Helios Distillery in the city of Nago has become renowned for their exceptional Awamori, the local Okinawan specialty. This is a kind of aged Sochu that has been consumed on the island since the 15th century. But, while they made their name locally for selling Awamori, Helios was quietly distilling ultra high quality rum and malt whisky. Their flagship whisky, sold under the Kura brand.

 They begin with peat sourced from the mires of Hokkaido. The Japanese peat has a lot of the same characteristics as Scottish peat, but availability is extremely limited. That whisky is then blended with other single malt whisky distilled in Okinawa after many years aging in American White Oak.

 Finally, the malts are finished further in used Japanese Rum Casks, which have been seasoned for up to 21 years before being used to finish the Kura. They've infused Okinawa's unique spirit into this world class and limited new Japanese Whisky.

 Expect exceptional balance between the briny mossy Hokkaido peat on the nose and the spicy oak and soft sweet character of the rum casks on the palate. One of the easiest drinking peated whiskies in the store that's approachable yet brimming with character and finesse. Unlike so many other Pure Malts from Japan, it appears that this one is fully distilled in the country to the exacting standards of Helios, rather than imported from abroad and aged in Japan.