Established in 1918 in the heart of a mountainous region near the city of Hiroshima, Chugoku Jozo produces sake and shochu but also whisky. To be more precise, malt and grain whiskies used in the composition of Togouchi, come from Scotland and Canada. Only aging, blending and bottling are carried out by the team of Chugoku Jozo. The Togouchi 18 years is a blended whisky with a scottish and canadian character but also a typical japanese soul. Aged in oak barrels and made of single malts aged for at least eighteen years, this whisky with a rich and round texture, has a complex flavor profile that is expressed through intense woody and fruity aromas. Real curiosity, Togouchi 18 year old is a blend that will mostly seduce amateurs who want to experience the expertise on aging and assembly of the japanese producers of traditional beverages.
This has got a bouquet to die for. That’s how seductive it is… green apples drizzled with lemon juice, oroblanco (green grapefruit), lime zest, buffalo mozzarella cannoli, a whisp of smoke and a tiny hint of peat. And in the background, you’ve got those lovely, tiny vegetable notes again and some crema catalana. The palate delivers more of the same: orchard fruits (green apples, most prominently), citrus accents (lemon meringue pie, candied lemon peel) and baked goods but there are some little surprises, too: marzipan, all-spice and delicate herbal notes. The finish is light with a lingering sweetness.