【Matsui Pure Malt Whisky Kurayoshi 18 years wins CATEGORY WINNER at Japanese Whisky in Whisky Bibble!】
The Kurayoshi Distillery (located in Kurayoshi City, Tottori Prefecture) is pleased to announce that Matsui Pure Malt Whisky Kurayoshi 18 Year Old has been selected as the “Japanese Whisky of the Year” in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2022, which recognizes the best whisky in the Japanese whisky category.
- Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2022
For the nineteenth times since its publication in 2003, the Whisky Bible, the UK’s leading whisky magazine, has announced the results of its awards. Overseen by Jim Murray, editor of the magazine and “the man who has visited more distilleries than anyone else”, the awards are given to the best products in each category. Over 4300 whiskies from all over the world were tasted and judged by Jim Murray alone. Literally “Whisky Bible”, it is “the most comprehensive, internationally influential and thoroughly researched guide to whisky in the world”. In other words, it is the Bible of whisky.
“This is the most comprehensive, internationally influential and thoroughly researched guide to all the world’s whiskies. In terms of whisky, this is the gospel.”
– Japanese Pure Malt of the Year & Japanese Whisky of the Year –
- Kurayoshi 18 Year Old wins “Japanese Whisky of the Year”
- Tasting note from Jim Murray –
“There is a depth beyond the simple broadcast of sugar and grist. Sugars are extracted from the tannings, also and these have a spicy hue. This is all about layering and subtlety, and it is hard to imagine that they could have got it better than this… Definitely knocking on the door as Japanese Whisky of the Year.”
※Quotes from award notification emails (extracts)
Kurayoshi 18 Year Old is made from malts matured for over 18 years in white oak barrels, vatted with the best blending techniques and finished with the high quality underground water from Mt. Daisen. It is a premium product with a deep and profound taste.
We are very honoured to receive this prestigious award. Although we have received high praise for the quality of our products, we are not satisfied with the current state of affairs and will continue to strive to deliver even better products to our customers.
- Kurayoshi Distillery
Kurayoshi Distillery is located in Kurayoshi City, Tottori Prefecture, and produces and sells whisky, gin and plum wine. With a management philosophy of “ making people happy through the production of our liquor”, the Matsui Whisky brand is sold not only in Japan but also in more than 60 countries around the world under names such as “Matsui Single Malt”, “Kurayoshi”, “Tottori” and “San-in”.
Not content with the status quo, we will continue to create new value for the world, anticipating distribution and sales in 10, 20 and 30 years time.