4 Rare Yamazaki Whiskies to Add to Your Collection
The Japanese are known for their passion, precision and excellence in their craft, and that holds true in making their whiskies, too. Enter Suntory's Yamazaki Distillery, Japan first and oldest whisky distillery that was founded by Shinjiro Torii in 1923.
Torii envisioned a whisky that was built on the traditional way of making Scotch whisky but was more suited to the Japanese taste. This gave birth to the Yamazaki Japanese whiskies we know today, which are famed by connoisseurs and collectors alike for their complex taste and delicate, well-rounded finish.
At TheTatlerBar.com, we've gotten our hands on four limited-edition releases that will elevate your drinking game.
1/4 Yamazaki 25 Year Old Limited Edition
Only 100 bottles of this single malt were produced, making this one of the most prized—and hard to find—expressions from Yamazaki Distillery. Aged for 25 years in the finest Sherry Oloroso sherry casks, each sip is an explosion of flavours that entices the palate with fruity flavours—think strawberry, pear and citrus. It culminates with a well-rounded and smooth finish, with hints of pepper and bitter notes typical of those aged in sherry casks. It even comes in a special packaging sealed with a Mizuhiki, a five-corded knot that represents joining of the hands.
2/4 Yamazaki 18 Year Old Mizunara Cask 2017 Edition
This is another rare offering from the distillery that deserves a special place in your whisky collection. What makes this desirable by whisky lovers? Master Blender Shinji Fukuyo used a blend of 18- to 50-year old whiskies matured in mizunara (Japanese oak), enriching the taste with layers of exotic spices, rich cinnamon and delicate fruits intermingled with deep coconut and orange marmalade. Its complex flavours make this expression an epitome of Japanese masterclass in whisky-making.
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3/4 Suntory Single Cask Yamazaki 2001
This single malt was distilled in 2001, matured for 11 years in a hogshead single cask (a 250-litre cask), before it was bottled in 2012. Its long maturation process ensures the whisky is jam-packed with notes of malt and spice, which gives way to an incredibly long and smooth finish. Available now in extremely limited quantities.
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4/4 Yamazaki Limited Edition 2014-2017 Set
Perfect for whisky lovers, this special bundle consists of Yamazaki's sublime creations released from 2014 to 2017. These expressions are a blend of old and new single malts from the distillery's precious reserves, and are truly exceptional in their own right.
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