Mizunara is a type of oak native and unique to Hokkaido, Japan, particularly known for its high moisture content.
The oak is a portmanteau of Mizu and Nara. Mizu in the Japanese language means water, while Nara means oak.
Due to its rarity, Mizunara commands a significantly higher market price compared to other typical oak casks used in whisky maturation.
It is also rich in vanillin, an organic and primary compound that forms vanilla.
Coupled with the fact that in Japan, where traditions dictate that Mizunara can only be made into casks if the oak itself is at least 200 years old, the union between the Chivas house, which is famous for its generous flavour profile, and the revered Japanese oak takes whisky connoisseurs on a sensual journey that will surely delight both the palate and the olfaction.
For those who have always harboured an interest in the Japanese culture, the Chivas Regal Mizunara will undoubtedly pique the interest, as Chivas Regal master blender Colin Scott was inspired to create an unprecedented Scotch whisky that would endear itself to the Japanese palate after a tour of Japan.
|Brand||CHIVAS REGAL MIZUNARA|
|Cask||Mizunara Japanese Oak, American ex-Bourbon casks|
|Tasting Notes||The whisky made from a blend of malt and grain whiskies is pleasing to the eye with a shimmering warm amber tone.|
On the nose, luscious whiffs of pear and orange notes punctuate the air before giving way to smoothness and richness that cocoons the honey and traces of hazelnuts upon the first sip.
Finally, you are rewarded with a long finish with an unmistakable touch of subtle spiciness of Mizunara that will tickle the palate of those who are lucky to savour it—the world’s first Scotch whisky to be selectively finished in Japanese Mizunara oak casks.
|Storage Instructions||Cool and dry conditions|
|Manufacturer/Producer||Chivas Brothers Limited|
|Country Produced in||Scotland|