Dekantā bottles Port Ellen-finished Japanese whisky

by Melita Kiely

Online retailer Dekantā has revealed its first private bottling – a six-and-a-half-year-old Port Ellen cask-finished Japanese whisky priced at US$650, called Eigashima 2011 Kikou – Ki Series.

The single cask whisky was unveiled during a media event at London restaurant and bar Sexy Fish yesterday (11 June) and is the first in the company’s Ki Series of independently bottled Japanese whiskies. The launch also coincides with the company's third anniversary. Only 300 bottles of Eigashima 2011 Kikou – Ki Series have been created, bottled at cask strength of 58.4% abv. The whisky will be available to purchase globally online at from 15 June. The Eigashima 2011 Kikou expression is named after the Japanese word for ‘climate'. The label features a chrysanthemum flower, which is local to the Akashi City park where the Eigashima distillery is located. Makiyo Masa, Dekantā director, said: “Closed in 1983, Port Ellen is now an eminent name in Scotch whisky, the Karuizawa of the Scotch whisky world. “Our first private cask bottling marries the characteristics of two internationally renowned distillers.”