This 18-year-old Kurayoshi Pure Malt blended whisky is a Japanese blend made at the Kurayoshi distillery, owned by Matsui Shuzo. And when we say ‘made at’, we sort of mean assembled at, or bottled at, as a great part the ground products for this Japanese whisky originate from outside of Japan. The brand is often criticized for selling their product as distinctively Japanese, mimicking brands that produce their whisky at home. Then again: Nikka is known for sourcing a lot of their whisky from their Scottish distillery Ben Nevis, making their Nikka whiskies Scottish-Japanese blends too. So how does it affect the taste of this Kurayoshi Pure Malt 18 Years Old? It’s a great dram for sure! It’s light and floral, making it very easy to drink too much of in one session. Although the 50% ABV might put a bit of a lucky break on that, as it’s too good to finish too quickly.