Shinobu Mizunara 10 Year Old
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700ml 43% abv
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.
‘Pure Malt’ signifies that this is 100% malted barley spirit from multiple distilleries, and this expression has been aged for 10 years. The Mizunara influence at this age gives a really great earthiness, coffee, and tobacco which balances out the citrus and pear sweetness. Very well-integrated and with a good finish, this is the kind of whisky best enjoyed on a wingback chair in the drawing-room.