The House of Suntory Whisky proudly introduces Yamazaki Mizunara 2017 edition, revealing the art of Mizunara – Japanese Whisky News

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The House of Suntory Whisky proudly introduces Yamazaki Mizunara 2017 edition, revealing the art of Mizunara

Nov, 2017) For over three generations, the master blenders at Suntory Whisky have devoted themselves to pursuing the harmony of Japanese nature and craftsmanship.  One of the most outstanding examples of this pursuit is found in Mizunara, a rare Japanese oak.

The wood from this rare and demanding tree inspired Suntory to take a momentous step forward in whisky making, both in perfecting new cask-making techniques and in creating flavours never before tasted in whisky. In a rare feat of craftsmanship, Suntory’s blenders have brought the essence of the noble Mizunara into a peerless liquid – tantalisingly spicy, reminiscent of incense, and uniquely Japanese.

Revealing their mastery of the Art of Mizunara, Suntory Whisky proudly introduces The Yamazaki Mizunara 2017 Edition, one of the House’s crowning jewels.

This Mizunara edition from The House of Suntory Whisky has been blended from a selection of single malt whiskies aged entirely in Mizunara casks for at least 18 years, and is certainly their most exquisite creation yet. Suntory’s Chief Blender, Shinji Fukuyo believes that each creation is a new journey to achieve a balance of subtlety, refinement and complexity that is the hallmark of all Suntory whiskies.

“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.”

Shinji Fukuyo, Chief Blender at Suntory Whisky

Found in only a few regions of Japan, the rare Mizunara oak is hard and permeable in nature, which made it a difficult wood to use to in cask making, as it is hard to shape and join with precision and does not retain liquid well. Through perseverance, Suntory’s craftsman have mastered this the art of Mizunara cask-making, identifying the perfect trees to make their casks.

Age is key to unlocking the signature taste of Mizunara and only a long maturation can provide the spiciness and incense-like flavour of sandalwood and aloe wood that Suntory considers as the quintessential “Mizunara-ness”.

Yamazaki Mizunara 2017 Edition represents Suntory’s true mastery of the Art of Mizunara – from harvesting, to cask making, to maturation, to blending. The House of Suntory invites whisky lovers to experience one of its most precious creations and encounter for the first time the defining expression of “Mizunara-ness”.

Presented in a beautiful wooden box crafted from recycled Suntory casks, the Yamazaki Mizunara 2017 Edition will be available to purchase from selected retailers from November at £1,000 RRP.

About Suntory

The House of Suntory Whisky is the founding house of Japanese whisky. A legacy of three master blenders and three generations of innovators, Suntory was created by the Founding Father of Japanese whisky, Shinjiro Torii. Suntory was established in 1899 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Since 1923, as the pioneer of Japanese whisky, Suntory Whisky has been renowned for its House of Master Blenders and for their Art of Blending. Suntory Whiskies are subtle, refined and complex. The portfolio features two single malt whiskies, one blend and one grain whisky including Yamazaki—Japan’s #1 Single Malt, multi-layered and profound, Hakushu—verdant, fresh, and delicately smoky, Hibiki— the noble blend, Japan’s most highly awarded blended whisky and the mild, smooth, single grain, Chita— the serenity of Japanese whisky.

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