Yamato Mizunara Oak Cask Japanese Whisky Takeda Shingen Edition is a rare and sought-after expression of Japanese whisky that is prized by collectors and enthusiasts alike. Named after Takeda Shingen, a feudal lord who lived during the 16th century in Japan, this limited-edition whisky is aged in Mizunara oak casks, which are highly sought after for their unique properties and ability to impart a distinct flavor profile to the whisky.
Mizunara oak is a type of oak tree that is native to Japan and is known for its unique and complex flavor profile. The wood is extremely dense, which makes it difficult to work with and also expensive. However, the unique properties of Mizunara oak make it highly sought after for the production of Japanese whisky. The wood imparts a unique set of flavors to the whisky, including a characteristic sweetness and a distinct spiciness.
The Takeda Shingen Edition is a single malt whisky, meaning that it is made from 100% malted barley. The barley is first mashed and then fermented with yeast to create a low-alcohol liquid known as "wash." This wash is then distilled twice in pot stills, and the resulting liquid is then aged in Mizunara oak casks for a minimum of three years. The final product is a complex and nuanced whisky that is characterized by its delicate balance of sweet, spicy, and fruity flavors.
The Takeda Shingen Edition is bottled at a cask strength of 55.5% alcohol by volume (ABV), which is higher than many other Japanese whiskies. This high alcohol content gives the whisky a bold and intense flavor, making it an ideal choice for sipping neat or with a drop of water. It has rich, complex aromas, dominated by honey, vanilla, and coconut, with notes of ginger, nutmeg and a slight hint of cherry. On the palate, it is smooth and creamy, with flavors of dark chocolate, figs, and prunes, with a touch of cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. The finish is long and warming, with a lingering sweetness and spice.
The Takeda Shingen Edition is a rare and highly sought-after expression of Japanese whisky. It is produced in limited quantities, with only a few thousand bottles released each year. This scarcity makes it highly prized by collectors and enthusiasts, who are willing to pay a premium for the chance to taste this unique and delicious whisky.
All in all, The Yamato Mizunara Oak Cask Japanese Whisky Takeda Shingen Edition is a rare, exquisite and truly unique Japanese whisky that is definitely worth trying. Its complex, rich and refined flavors are a result of aging in Mizunara Oak cask, imparting a distinct, delicate and perfect balance of sweet and spicy flavors. If you are a fan of Japanese whisky, you cannot miss it, and if you are a collector, it’s definitely a must-have addition to your collection.