Suntory Yamazaki // Japan
Released in 2009 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Yamazaki brand, 1984 was the first year they began to produce Yamazaki as a single malt and not just for blending. Bottled at 96 proof, this ages in the trio of barrels which is standard for Yamazaki; European ex-sherry, American ex-bourbon, and Japanese Mizunara oak with the latter comprising a great percentage of the vatting.
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 TypeSpanish sherry, American oak, Japanese Mizunara
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