Yamazaki 18 Year Mizunara Cask 2017 Edition
Yamazaki // Japan
This 18 year-old single malt from Suntory's Yamazaki Distillery is aged exclusively in Japanese Mizunara oak. The name "Mizunara" derives from the Japanese "mizu" meaning water and "nara" meaning oak. Mizunara is both hard and permeable making it difficult to shape and to avoid leaks. Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo selected whiskies aged in Mizunara of varying ages from at least 18 years and including some more than 50 years old for this whisky. Bottled at 48% ABV, this edition is available from October 2017.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask TypeJapanese Mizunara oak
"The aroma is luxurious with fruit (plums, baked apples, orange rind), sweet floral notes, and dark wood. Give it a few minutes to breathe and those fruity notes really start to shine and show some sweetness. The whisky is rich on your palate and has a dark spiced finish. The proof gives it a dry, tangy note. Add a few drops of water to lengthen the finish and soften the ends just a touch. It also helps to highlight those dark spices which play so well with the fruity aspect. A lovely whisky to explore and with which to spend the evening."