2022 Suntory - Yamazaki Tsukuriwake Selection, Limited Edition, Japanese Whisky (4 Bottle Collection) )
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2022 Yamazaki Tsukuriwake Selection Limited Edition (4 Bottle Collection)
With the introduction of the 2022 Yamazaki Tsukuriwake Selection Limited Edition, we capture the essence of Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky. This collection honors Tsukuriwake, which means “artisanship through a diversity of making” and is composed of four Yamazaki single malts - Puncheon, Peated Malt, Spanish Oak and Mizunara.
Today, our Tsukuriwake in Yamazaki uniquely prides itself in multiple strengths of non-peated and peated grain varieties, two types of wash backs, eight pairs with various shapes of pot stills and maturation in four different oak casks (French, Spanish, Japanese and American) with three cask size differences in American Oak. This makes Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky, a Single Malt quite like no other.
Suntory’s flagship distillery, Yamazaki was founded by Shinjiro Torii in 1923. The town of Yamazaki was chosen to be the site of Japan’s first commercial distillery due to its very ‘Scottish’ climate, and with it being an area where three rivers converge. In its early days, Yamazaki produced both malt and grain for Suntory's blends, but the opening of the Chita distillery in 1972 allowed the company to focus on its single malt brand. It is now one of the world's most desirable. The first spirit ran from the stills in 1924, on 11th November at 11:11am.
The set includes four bottles of Yamazaki from four different cask types, which are part of the Tsukuriwake" selection:
- Peated Malt 48% 70cl
- Mizunara, Japanese oak cask 48% 70cl
- Puncheon 48% 70cl
- Spanish oak 48% 70cl
The Yamazaki Puncheon Single Malt Whisky is composed of meticulously selected malts aged exclusively in puncheons crafted from hand-selected American oak. These large casks - approximately 480 liters, allow malt whiskies to mature slowly, imbuing them with a complexity and vibrance. They impart their subtle notes essential to the delicate base of the Yamazaki Single Malt.
Color: Pale gold
Nose: Green apple, mature pear, acacia honey with hint of vanilla
Palate: Clean, velvety and mild, with delicate butterscotch notes
Finish: Oaky woodiness with subtle sweetness
Yamazaki Peated Malt
The Yamazaki Peated Malt is composed of meticulously selected heavily peated malt whiskies that have been masterfully blended to create a Single Malt that is gentle and refined. The peated malt whiskies impart their subtly smoky, earthy notes essential to the complexity of the Yamazaki Single Malt.
Color: Bright gold
Nose: Subtly smoky with green herbal notes
Palate: Gently peated with hints of earthiness, pineapple and citrus notes
Finish: Complex with lingering peatiness
Yamazaki Spanish Oak
The Yamazaki Spanish Oak Single Malt Whisky is composed of meticulously selected malt whiskies matured in the highest quality oak casks from Northern Spain. They impart a delicately rich and decadent palate with subtle acidity and fruity aromas essential to the multi-layered flavor profile of the Yamazaki Single Malt.
Color: Rich reddish amber
Nose: Dried raisins and prunes, with hints of sundried tomatoes
Palate: Delicately rich and decadent with subtle acidity
Finish: Buttery with lingering acidity and hint of bitterness
The Yamazaki Mizunara Single Malt Whisky is comprised of meticulously selected long-matured malt whiskies aged in hand-crafted Mizunara (Japanese oak) casks, that impart their enigmatic spicy notes and incense-like flavor of sandalwood and agarwood essential to the Japanese-ness of the Yamazaki Single Malt.
Nose: Rich and elegant top note, custard cream, cinnamon
Palate: Gentle on the tongue, aromatic and round with spiced sweet notes
Finish: Distinctive deep woody notes reminiscent of Japanese incense