If you think luxury writing instruments and leadholders are mutually exclusive categories, look again.
The Mitsubishi Pencil Company offers the Pure Malt leadholder, with the body made from oak reclaimed from Malt Whisky casks! (The clutch, tip, clip, and cap are metal.)
It has a very sleek, clean appearance. The woodgrain is dark, smooth and elegant. Plus, it was made from a whisky cask!
It has the great feature of a retracting clutch, making it quite portable and pocket-safe. (See photos.)
I found the hold and feel quite comfortable, and like the manner in which it carries off being both a leadholder, and a fine looking writing implement.
The small instruction booklet indicates there is a matching lead pointer, in a cask shape! I would love to get that item, but have not seen it for sale.
The unusual materials motivated me to seek out some actual Japanese whisky. Living in a place with a government liquor monopoly, my choice was the usual – no choice. Nikka Whisky Distilling Co.’s 10 year old single malt is the sole current offering. So Nikka it is.
(I have no knowledge of which distillery, Nikka or otherwise, provided Mitsubishi’s wood.)
The bottle is a pleasing shape, and the stopper seems to have a deep coating around the cork – something I’ve never before seen.
Anyhow, on to the whisky. It is a dark straw or tea colour. The nose is pleasant to me, but at a time of year when a “warm” day is -8 degrees, I won’t claim that I can discern much. The taste is full of nuts, toffee, and fruity notes. It’s a very nice dram – as smooth as a Tombow 6B pencil. The character is very much that of a nice scotch whisky, though made many miles away.
The bottle will certainly not survive as long as the leadholder.
Two great products, not necessarily for enjoyment at the same time!