“Matsui Whisky Umeshu” from Matsui Shuzo An Unlimited Partnership (hereinafter referred to as Kurayoshi Distillery; located in Kurayoshi City, Tottori Prefecture) has been awarded the Chairman’s Trophy, the highest honor, at the ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE 2023 (hereinafter referred to as USC), the world’s premier spirits competition held in the United States.
Not only “Matsui Whisky Umeshu” but also many other products, including Matsui Pure Malt Whisky “The Kurayoshi Sherry Cask,” have been selected as finalists in the competition
1. About USC
2. Kurayoshi Distillery
3. Product information
The ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE is one of the largest spirits competitions in the United States.
It is judged by buyers, bartenders, bar directors, and is trusted by producers, distributors, importers, dealers, and retailers, who not only evaluate the taste, but also the quality, price, and excellence of the product.
The rating range is from 80 to 100 points, separated by 5 points, and those with 85 points or higher will be listed on the website. In particular, a score of 95 or higher is considered to be the highest rating, and is said to be a special product that can be recommended for the ultimate.
Official HP: https://www.ultimate-beverage.com/
Kurayoshi Distillery is located in Kurayoshi City, Tottori Prefecture, and is engaged in the production and sale of distilled spirits such as whisky. With the management philosophy of “bringing happiness to people through the production of alcohol,” the company sells the “Matsui Whisky” brand named after the local region, including “Kurayoshi,” “Tottori,” and “San-in,” not only in Japan but also in more than 50 countries around the world.
Not satisfied with the current situation, the company continues to create new value for the world by predicting the distribution and sales 10, 20, and 30 years from now.
Matsui Whisky Umeshu
Raw Materials：Plum liqueur whisky
The refreshing sweetness of umeshu is made from the finest Japanese plums.
Perfectly balanced, Matsui whisky made from the underground mineral water of Mt. Daisen is added.
Rich and refreshing with a luxurious and lingering aftertaste.
Matsui Pure Malt Whisky「The Kurayoshi Sherry Cask」
A sweet aroma of fruits and chocolate matches with lemon grass-like citrus flavor.
A balanced aroma and smooth lingering finish.
Matsui Pure Malt Whisky「The Kurayoshi 12 Years」
The aroma of nuts and almonds is followed by a rich malt flavor. hints of vanilla and raisins, with a faint smoky flavor.
This vintage has the perfect balance with the sweetness, bitterness and acidity.
Matsui Single Malt Whisky「The Matsui The Peated」
A single malt whisky made from carefully-chosen peated malt, distilled in the natural environment of Tottori and aged in selected casks.
This whisky evokes a mellow, fruity sweetness, with a smoky, peaty finish. This masterpiece, carefully crafted with heart and passion, is cut to proof with high-quality natural spring water from Mt. Daisen.
Matsui Pure Malt Whisky「The Kurayoshi 8 Years」
Dried orange-like sweet fruity flavor.
The taste of vanilla and nuts is highlighted by a savory sweet aroma with a smooth mouthfeel.
Matsui Blended Whisky「The San-in」
Raw Materials：malt, grain
Barrel ageing has infused San-in with a faint vanilla aroma and fruity notes of pear on the finish.
The fresh, underground water of Mt. Daisen delivers a smooth, mellow taste in this light and refreshing whisky.
Matsui Brandy Umeshu
Raw Materials：Plum liquear, brandy
Home-grown Japanese plums are used in Matsui umeshu.
Perfectly balanced, Matsui brandy made using the underground mineral water of Mt. Daisen is added.