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Finished in Mizunara oak. Need we say more?
Some people are just born lucky. And it seems like The Matsui Shuzou Distillery hit the jackpot with its favorable positioning in the naturally diverse Tottori Prefecture. This region is the home of Japan's largest dune system and a vast volcanic mountain surrounded by bewitching beech forests, lengthy coastlines, and fertile plains. But, the most important blessing is probably Mount Daisen, a natural source of crystal-clear mineral water, filtered through the volcanic stone. This spring water is used to distill their Sake, Shōchū, and Whisky, resulting in significant purity and a unique, soft mineral composition.
Made in the new Matsui-owned Kurayoshi Distillery, this Mizunara Cask Single Malt Japanese Whisky aged up in that revered, rare, and complex Japanese Mizunara oak. For all of you who don’t know, the oak imprints a different character onto the Whisky, usually leaving it with more pronounced notes of sandalwood, coconut, spice, and Japanese incense.
Bottled at 48% ABV and blended with the water from Mt. Daisen, this non-age statement Whisky already snatched the award for “Best Japanese Single Malt” in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible in 2020 and won a Double Gold award at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2019. Oh, and the bottle features Katsushika Hokusai’s masterpiece Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji. The red-crowned cranes depicted in the picture are known as symbols of luck, longevity, and fidelity.
Appearance / Color
Nose / Aroma / Smell
A mellow and gentle play of spices, coconut milk, and sweet vanilla.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Velvety, yet hot. Hints of toffee, peppery spices, sandalwood, cinnamon, and caramelized apple.
Lingering and rich with notes of floral oak, vanilla, and tobacco.
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in The Matsui Mizunara Cask Single Malt Japanese Whisky and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
To join this party, you’ll need to get on over to the Land of the Rising Sun.
Yep, Japan is doing the Whisky thing and they’re doing it big. (Or should we say, "yuge.")
See, the Japanese can’t seem to get enough of the stuff — right along with the rest of us. They’ve discovered the secret to making some spectacular sauce and the world’s like "hold my Beer… and pass me that Whisky."
Time to get this party started.