Built in 1969, the location of the Miyagikyo Distillery was selected because of its clean air, just the right humidity for storage, and abundant underground water filtered through a layer of peat. In Yoichi, Masataka Taketsuru saw numerous reminders of Scotland, and this convinced him that this should be the home of Japanese Whisky. The Miyagikyo Distillery is also in northern Japan, in Sendai Miyagi Prefecture, northern Honshu. Travelling in the area one day, Masataka came upon this site completely enclosed by mountains and sandwiched between two rivers. He immediately knew that this was the perfect site for whisky distilling. Sendai's fresh water, suitable humidity and crisp air produce soft and mild malt. This expression will not disappoint, but sadly now discontinued! No box. Nose: Sweet caramel and fruits, oranges and mango. With time a lemon note develops, and some flowers. Later on, white chocolate and rosemarine. Palate: A full body and a sweet taste, with a slight woody bitterness. General tropical fruits, and aromatic herbs. Finish: The finish is of medium length, and very sweet. Sherry all the way!