Shinobu Blended Mizunara
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Located in the Niigata prefecture of Japan, Shinobu distillery is the brainchild of Ken Usami- a brewer who dreams of being a distiller. While building the distillery to realise that dream, Mr. Usami has applied his discerning palette to the art of blending. He chooses casks from around the world and further ages them, first in bourbon and sherry casks but then in rare native Japanese oak, Mizunara.
50% malt and 50% grain, this blended expression is light in body but intense in flavour. A little bit hot but with good biscuity grain notes and lemon peel on the nose. The palette reveals the sherry influence in gentle fruit and spice and nice savoury tannins from the oak. A great entry point to discover a new producer and cask finish.