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The Spirit(s) World – Yamazaki® Mizunara 2017 Edition™

House of Suntory introduces a new whiskey

CHICAGO – Suntory Whiskey recently introduced a new whiskey, inspired by the wood from a “rare and demanding tree,” Mizunara, a Japanese oak and  casks made with it are used in whisky making. Diverse grain types, as well as fermentation, distillation and maturation techniques, underpin Suntory’s legendary Art of Blending. This diversity enables Suntory to produce more than 100 different malt and grain whiskies at the Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita distilleries and allows Suntory complete self-sufficiency in the creation of its blends.

Only a few Yamazaki whiskies have had the privilege of maturing in Mizunara casks, creating what is said to be one of the most uniquely flavored and distinctly Japanese whiskies in the world. For Suntory’s fourth Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo, every creation is a new journey to achieve a balance of subtlety, refinement and complexity that is the hallmark of all Suntory whiskies. 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 lingering flavor.

Fukuyo knew from the start that the Yamazaki Mizunara 2017 Edition was not intended for a familiar, relaxing moment and wanted this  whisky to be dramatic and unforgettable:“I wanted to reveal the whisky’s soul that is the Art of Mizunara—a heightened sense and awakened palate engaged through aromas and flavors never known before. Encountering it should be a moment of epiphany.” But even at 50 years and beyond, the top-note and after-taste aromas of Mizunara whiskies are generally still improving. This unique ability to support long-term aging affords endless opportunities to experience the evolution and refinement of Mizunara whiskies over time. The rich whiskey (96% proof) is priced at $1,000 a bottle and is encased in a wood box made of cask material used in its aging.

The Spirit(s) World – Glenlivet 12 Year Old

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Scotch is smooth yet somewhat fruit with notes of tropical fruit and rich, smooth character. We recently enjoyed it at a party at Tourneau in Boston’s Copley Place, where it, and other Glenlivet whiskeys, were a big hit.

The whiskey is aged in oak casks, including both European and American oak casks which rare traditionally seasoned with Bourbon. While the barrels enhance the final product, it’s the spring water, rich in minerals, that Glenlivet praises, noting that the water is from Josie’s Well, its unique water source. Pineapple, tropical fruits and floral notes abound. It’s a creamy, smooth whiskey with hints of almonds, marzipan and hazelnuts. Interestingly, while we don’t usual think of whiskey as an accompaniment to main courses, Glenlivet suggests serving it with seared scallops.Visit https://us.theglenlivet.com/the-glenlivet-12-year-old.