The House of Suntory Whisky introduces Yamazaki Mizunara 2017 edition

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Drinks: Whisky
Location: Japan

Specialist Japanese whisky bars take note: Suntory has announced the release of The Yamazaki Mizunara 2017 Edition.

Blended from a selection of single malt whiskies aged entirely in mizunara casks for at least 18 years, the mizunara is said to be the distillery’s ‘most exquisite creation yet’, being spicy, intense and uniquely Japanese.

Mizunara, a rare Japanese oak, is only found in a few regions in Japan. Permeable and hard, the wood is said to be difficult to use in cask making, and it imparts a spicy characteristic to the whisky only after a long ageing process. Suntory describes the whisky as having an incense-like flavour of sandalwood and aloe wood, the quintessential ‘mizunara-ness’.

‘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,’ said chief blender Shinji Fukuyo on the liquid. ‘Encountering it should be a moment of epiphany.’

The Yamazaki Mizunara 2017 Edition is presented in a wooden box made from recycled Suntory casks and will be available to purchase from 3 October.

48% abv, £1,000/75cl, Maxxium, 01786 430 500

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Joining the Imbibe team in 2016, Isabella worked as a health and food writer before turning to her true passion – drinks. The self-confessed love of her life is gin, but is also particularly draw to the dark side, favouring dark rum and Japanese whisky. She is on the hunt to find the perfect Espresso Martini, something documented on her Instagram and Twitter pages.

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