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Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve Japanese Whiskey Suntory
Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve Japanese Whiskey Suntory

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Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve, described by Suntory as “the next generation of Japanese whisky”, have been created from a number of casks hand selected by a team of blenders.

Liquid contained has been aged for between eight and 20 years, though Suntory have decided not to declare an age statement on the bottle, claiming that “age should not be the sole parameter of quality”.

In particular, Suntory claimed the new releases presented an ideal opportunity to showcase some of its younger malts “that possess a rare vibrancy and energy”.

The distiller said: “the quest was to deliver a truly execptional Japanese no-age-statement whisky without taboo”.
“Distiller’s Reserve represents the House of Suntory’s ongoing commitment to challenge what a Japanese whisky can be.”
Yamakazi Distiller’s Reserve is comprised of liquid aged in sherry casks, mizunara casks, French oak Bordeaux wine casks and American oak casks.

Blended by Suntory chief blender Shinji Fukuyo, the 43% abv whisky is described as having notes of strawberry, cherry and mizunara on the nose, and flavours of raspberry, peach and coconut.

A fresh and fruity whisky from Yamazaki, full of red fruit and a touch of sherry cask. It's also got some mizunara (Japanese oak) matured whisky in the mix, which comes through as a complex spicy and almost incense-like note.

The Distiller's Reserve is a new single malt from the Japanese distillery of Yamazaki. The whisky has been constructed to showcase the qualities of Yamazaki's young single malt, which have been matured in ex-red wine casks for three years. These have been accentuated by blending with older malts matured in ex-sherry casks (aged approximately 20 years) and Japanese oak (called mizunara) casks, which are 12+ years old. All the casks used have been hand selected by Shinji Fukuyo, who is only the fourth Chief Blender in owner Suntory's 90 year history.

Yamazaki was Japan's first single malt distillery.  It began production in 1923 and was founded by Shinjiro Torri, a man widely regarded as the pioneer of the Japanese whisky industry.  It is located in the town of Yamazaki in the Osaka Prefecture, which sits roughly between half way between the major cities of Kyoto and Osaka.  It is owned by Suntory, the company that Shinjiro Torri formed in the early 1920s, and has a current annual production of six million litres. This will soon increase as plans have been announced to add four more stills at the distillery, which will increase capacity by 40%.

The Distiller's Reserve joins the 12, 18 and 25 years old expressions to form a core range. They will be occasionally joined by limited editions and older expressions, as has happened in the past. Suntory recommend drinking it neat or in a highball with ice and soda water.

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