Kujira Ryukyu Japanese Rice Whisky, 40%

Price: $80 Issue: Fall 2020 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

Vanilla, coconut, confectioner's sugar, tart pickled plums, and savory meaty aromas, thanks to the koji used to convert the rice's starch to sugar. The palate is sweet and chalky-dry, with a silky, rounded texture and flavors of vanilla, bubble gum, coconut, and marzipan. It finishes sweet with a touch of umami: vanilla frosting tempered by oak and warm nuts.