Dram Review: Yamazaki Mizunara Japanese Oak Cask Bottled in 2013

[48.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2013・Official Bottling・Limited Release]

Nose:

A certain je nais sais quoi with how lovely the mizunara is laid out, absolutely mesmerising.  The top notes are refreshing with delicate jammy notes and subtle hints of coconut chips and marzipan.  The unfolding of the oak is alluring, layers peeling off to reveal hints of tobacco and sweet vanilla cream.

Palate & Finish:

The palate opens with plenty of citrus, mangos and apricots with a white tea acidity before settling into the creamy caramel note.  The oaky element follows on and becomes quite prominent; spicy, drying and slightly bitter.

A mellow and lasting finish with hints of citrus notes and light sparkles of youthful spices.

Thoughts:

A charming number that is cleverly put together.  The nose is particularly expressive and wonderful.  It is hard not to fall in love with mizunara matured whiskies after this dram..

-Nicholas