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Introducing: Yamazaki 55 Year Old

In the highly anticipated first release of Yamazaki 55 Year Old, the House of Suntory pays tribute to the passage of time. A spiritual blend highlighting Mizunara cask whisky distilled in 1960 under the care of founder Shinjiro Torii and White Oak cask whisky distilled in 1964 by Keizo Saji, Shinjiro’s son and Suntory’s second Master Blender.

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Yamazaki 55 Year Old is a blend composed of a trio of spectacular single malts, featuring components distilled all the way back in the 1960s; firstly under the supervision of Suntory’s founder Shinjiro Torii and then aged in Mizunara casks; and then in 1964 under Suntory’s Second Master Blender Keizo Saji and then aged in American White Oak casks.

Fifth generation Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo worked closely with third generation Master Blender Shingo Torii to find the right creative alchemy and signature art of blending required to showcase a unique depth and complexity in Yamazaki 55.

With four generations of expertise coming together in this one expression, Yamazaki 55 Year Old is truly the story of Japanese whisky. Each matured amber drop reveals a complex and mystical Yamazaki-ness the world has yet to discover…

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Nose: A robust aroma redolent of aloe wood. A sweet, mature bouquet like well-ripened fruit.
Palate: 
A soft, smooth first sip that blossoms in the mouth with flavor. A mixture of sweet and slightly bitter, followed by a woody note from the Mizunara cask.
Finish: Slightly bitter, a fragrance like scented wood and a hint of smokiness. A sweet, rich, lingering finish.

 

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