Suntory proudly introduces the Yamazaki Mizunara Cask 2017 Edition. Helm as the founders of Japanese Whisky, the master blenders at Suntory Whisky have always been in the pursuit of crafting a peerless liquid with the Mizunara, Japanese Oak.
The name Mizunara comes from the tree’s high moisture content – in Japanese “mizu” means water and “nara” means oak. Its permeable character is less than ideal for cask making since liquid can easily seep through the wood. And because Mizunara is a hardwood, it is a challenge to shape and join with the precision needed to prevent leaks.
Suntory’s fourth Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo wanted this uniquely Japanese whisky to be dramatic and unforgettable and in his pursuit of true “Mizunara-ness,” he tasted a few hundred Mizunara whiskies and made selections with varying ages, from 18 years old and beyond. A very small portion exceed even 50 years of maturation, which give this limited edition an incomparable depth and a flavor that lingers long after the liquid has passed the lips.
Yamazaki Mizunara Cask 2017 Edition is presented at 48% alcohol by volume (96 proof). The bottle label is 100% handcrafted mulberry Echizen paper produced via a slow process of drying on wood boards (a traditional Japanese method). The wood box that encloses the bottle is made of cask material used in the aging of Suntory whisky.