Kollaras & Co is now offering independent operators the opportunity to take advantage of the Japanese whisky trend, after adding Kensei whisky to its portfolio.

The blended Japanese whisky will be exclusively available to independents, providing a high margin opportunity, an accessible price point and the chance to access a market where demand is increasingly outweighing supply.

Talking about the new portfolio product, Kollaras’ COO, Doug Misener, said: “Japanese Whiskey is in high demand globally, so Kensei is an ideal addition to the brand portfolio. It is an exceptional brand that is promising to deliver brilliant results for the entire value chain.”

Produced by Japanese whisky blender Kiyokawa, Kensei is an artisanal blend of Hokkaido and Nagano whisky, that is aged a minimum of three years in American Oak barrels.

In terms of tasting notes Kensei is noted for a “fresh and fruit nose, with pleasant woody notes”, the whisky is well noted for its delicate palate, “fruit, honey and vanilla flavour notes” and a “lingering, fruity finish”.

Japanese whisky shot to global fame after two prestigious World Whisky awards in 2008. Hokkaido, Japan’s second largest island, has a climate similar to that of Scotland, so offers the ideal climate for whisky production, while Nagano’s climate is perfect for distilleries built in the alps to encourage slow maturation.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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