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If you’re a fan of gulping down strong, full-bodied alcohol to go along with your strong, testosterone-driven anime, you’ll absolutely love this official merchandise which went on sale in Japan earlier this month.
Now on sale at Japanese retailer Whisky Mew are two varieties of whisky but these aren’t just any bottles of whisky, these are officially licensed Fist of the North Star bottles of whisky. Luckily for everyone though, you won’t have to punch through a wall in order to get these fine single malt spirits down your throat.
First up, we have the 20-year-old Kenshiro version which retails for 19,000 yen ($179 USD). Coming from the Highland-region of Teaninich, this bottle is 47.1% alcohol and accented with flavor notes of nutty cinnamon, grapefruit, and green banana. If, on the other hand, you’re interested in a more robust flavor, there is also a 22-year-old Raoh version which retails for 22,000 yen ($207.50 USD). The Raoh version is Speyside Glentauchers whisky and is a whopping 51.8% alcohol with flavor notes that include herbs, lemon grass, sweet banana chips, and plum wine. The retailer suggests cutting both with a bit of water in order to bring out the flavors even more.
If you want to get your hands on one of these bottles though, you’ll want to act fast. Only 240 Kenshiro bottles and 193 Raoh bottles are being sold (hence the hefty price tags).
You might be surprised to learn that Japan takes their whisky very seriously and is quite proud of the fact that Japanese whisky has been so widely accepted around the world. In fact, back in March 2020 the Japanese whisky Hakushu was declared the world’s best single malt at the World Whisky Awards (which is the second time that particular brand has won the top honors).