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Yamazaki Mizunara Cask 2017 Edition

19th September 2017
Yamazaki unveil the Mizunara Cask 2017 Edition which they say contains whisky aged 18 to 50 years old.

Yamazaki Mizunara Cask 2017 EditionBeam Suntory have unveiled the Yamazaki Mizunara Cask 2017 Edition, an 18 year old limited edition from the Japan's oldest malt whisky distillery.

Mizunara is the rare Japanese oak in which the new expression has matured in, this latest Mizunara expression has an 18 year old age statement but is said to contain whiskies aged from 18 years up to 50 years all of which was matured in the rare Japanese Mizunara oak casks.

For Suntory's fourth Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo, every creation is a new journey to achieve the exquisite balance of subtlety, refinement and complexity that is the hallmark of all Suntory whiskies. In his pursuit of true "Mizunara-ness," he tasted a few hundred Mizunara whiskies and made selections with varying ages, from 18 years old and beyond. A very small portion exceed even 50 years of maturation, which Yamazaki says gives this limited edition an incomparable depth and a flavour that lingers long after the liquid has passed the lips.

Fukuyo knew from the start that the Yamazaki Mizunara 2017 Edition was not intended for a familiar, relaxing moment. He wanted this uniquely Japanese whisky to be dramatic and unforgettable, saying: "I wanted to reveal the whisky's soul that is the Art of Mizunara—a heightened sense and awakened palate engaged through aromas and flavours never known before. Encountering it should be a moment of epiphany".

A limited release of 5,000 bottles worldwide the Yamazaki Mizunara Cask 2017 Edition will be available from October priced around $1000/£740 from specialist online whisky shops such as Master of Malt

Yamazaki Mizunara Cask 2017 Edition Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Rich and elegant fragrance, aloe wood, cinnamon.

Taste: Condensed sweetness, silky texture, dry fruits, coconut, orange marmalade.

Finish: Distinctive spiciness lingers with Japanese incense, aloe wood, cinnamon and tartness


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