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.