Kamiki Japanese WhiskeyOur story takes place in a truly ancient land, one of spiritual and carnal harmony, in the temples of Nara in Japan. The ancient capital of Japan, Nara holds many temples from the 8th century that imperturbably give the holy capital its power.Åmiwa Shrine in Nara is one of Japan's oldest extant Shinto shrines. It is a tutelary shrine of the Japanese alcohol producers. Most well-known alcohol producer families are in Nara and these families have a centuries-old tradition of producing alcohol for Åmiwa.The alcohol produced by these families is served as blessings at Shinto temples. Our Whisky We wanted to celebrate the timeless alcohol tradition of the region by blending a Japanese style whisky that harmonizes Japanese nature and artisanship.Our Blend We choose rare Japanese malt whiskies, finest malt whiskies from the rest of the world and fuse this unique blend with the highest quality pure spring water from Japan.Our Unique Second Maturation Yoshino Sugi, most commonly known in English as the "Japanese Cedar" is indigenous to Japan.For centuries it is being used to make temples. Japanese Cedar is also known for its pleasant fragrance and soft texture that help calm the mind and the body.Yoshino Sugi is considered to be the best wood for making local drink casks because of its scented refreshing flavor and wooden aroma.Our blend is rested for a second time in Yoshino Sugi casks to capture a perfectly smooth taste, a scent of sandalwood on the nose and a zest of green tea in the finish.This second maturation makes our whisky unique. KAMIKI is the "THE FIRST WHISKY BRAND IN THE WORLD WITH JAPANESE CEDAR CASK FINISH" Our Name The Åmiwa Shrine lies at the foot of Mount Miwa, a holy mountain guarded by the shrine. Mount Miwa has many legends, and has been worshiped from ancient times as a sacred Mountain of the God.Inspired by beautiful breezes coming from the Mountain of the God, we named our whisky KAMIKI whereby "KAMI" means "GOD" and "IKI" means "BREATH".Kamiki Whisky Perfectly balanced with heather honey, sweet caramel, Japanese plum, balanced oak, peat and toffee with hints of sandalwood and green tea. Non Chill-Filtered at 48% alcohol to keep its natural flavors at maximum.Blended at its peak flavor, rather than a predetermined ratio. As a result, each batch is unique and limited with stocks.Kamiki is a unique blended malt whisky made using Japanese malts whiskies combined with specially selected malt whiskies from around the world. After blending, the whisky is finished in casks made from yoshino-sugi often referred to as "Japanese cedar". It's a particularly aromatic type of wood, and Kamiki is said to be the first whisky ever to enjoy a yoshino-sugi cask finish!Kamiki is based in the city of Nara, where the Åmiwa shrine sits. It is said that the priest of this Shinto shrine have blessed with Whisky produced by Kamiki. There are other Whisky producers within the area who also use the shrine and give their produce as an offering.It is at the foot of Mount Miwa, which is also said to be quite mystical. The name itself comes from the Japanese for god,Kam and iki meaning breath.The Blend Kamiki is unique for several reasons. It is made using not only Japanese Whiskies, but also international drams. This is not unheard of in Japan.What is perhaps the most intriguing part of the blend is that it has been matured in Yoshino Sugi, or Japanese cedar wood.Translated as Gods Breath and named after the winds which descend from Mount Miwa in Nara, Kamiki is a modern blended whisky bound by the ancient traditions of Japans Kansai region. Carefully selected Japanese malt whiskies are blended with some of the finest malt whiskies from across the globe to create a smooth, deep, world blended expression."Kamiki whisky producer is blessed by priests from Åmiwa Shrine which is one of the oldest extant shrines in Japan and the protector of alcohol-producing families."