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[Double Crown Achievement] Matsui Single Malt Whisky ‘The Matsui Sakura Cask’ Named Best Japanese Whisky in Whisky Bible 2024

We are thrilled to announce that Matsui Single Malt Whisky「The Matsui Sakura Cask」 from Matsui Shuzo An Unlimited Partnership (hereinafter referred to as Kurayoshi Distillery; located in Kurayoshi City, Tottori Prefecture) has got the double triumph in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2024, a globally recognized authority in whisky critique. The whisky has been awarded both ‘Japanese Whisky of the Year’ and ‘Japanese Single Malt of the Year.’

We are truly honored to receive the prestigious ‘Japanese Whisky of the Year’ award, a special recognition reserved for the most outstanding whiskies in Japan each year. We remain committed to delivering whiskies that continue to be cherished by all. Thank you for your ongoing support.

The Whisky Bible, now in its 21st edition this year, stands as one of the world’s premier whisky guides authored by Mr. Jim Murray, widely renowned as one of the most distinguished whisky experts globally. Featuring over 4,600 tasting notes, the book annually showcases a selection of over 1,000 whiskies from various countries. Jim Murray single-handedly conducts tastings and evaluations, awarding accolades only to the best-performing products in each category.

The distinctive and exceptional tasting notes, delivered with outstanding expressive flair, have become a trademark of the guide. This competition is highly regarded in the spirits industry worldwide, attracting attention as an authoritative and internationally recognized evaluation platform.

■Kurayoshi Distillery
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.

■Product information
Matsui Single Malt Whisky「The Matsui Sakura Cask」
〇Japanese Whisky of the Year
〇Japanese Single Malt of the Year
〇95.5 point

Size: 700ml
ABV: 43%
Raw Materials: malt

Matured in rare sakura (cherry blossom) wood casks. While preserving the malt aroma and bitter undertones of the base spirit, a delicately sweet and fragrant cherry blossom scent gently unfolds, filling the palate.