Founded in 1910, Matsui Shuzo is located in the Tottori Prefecture, Northwest of Kyoto and Northeast of Hiroshima, on the shore of the Sea of Japan. Over 14% of the prefecture is a Natural park, packed with lush vegetation, rugged coastlines, rivers, and lakes.
To be clear, Matsui Shuzo is known in Japan as both a sake brewery and shochu distillery. While the juice in Kurayoshi is 100% malted barley, the spirits themselves have been sourced from distilleries around Scotland before making their journey to Japan, where they are blended with Japanese-distilled malted barley then aged (3-18 years). The whisky is then proofed down with the famously soft ground waters of Tottori Prefecture. All expressions of Kurayoshi are non-chill filtered, with no caramel added, and over 40% ABV.
The Kurayoshi Pure Malt is a Japanese Whiskey produced by the Matsui Distillery. Aged for more than 3 years in white ex bourbon oak barrels. It has a soft and refreshing fragrance of barley malt accompanied by sweet and sour notes of rum, malt and vanilla raisins. The light finish is a reference to the pure Tottori spring water used during distillation.