Any souvenir from Dublin? Here it is, Glendalough 13 Years Old Mizunara Finish.
When it comes to Japan and Whisky. You expect your wallet is gonna hurt.
Mizunara wood, also known as water oak (水楢) in Japanese, is an exceptionally difficult wood to work with in whisky industry, because of its high moisture content and relatively higher porosity compare to mainstream American and European oak. Therefore, Mizunara casks are prone to leakage. No distillery likes leaking casks for sure. Time also make a Mizunara tree very difficult to be utilised as it doesn't grow straight and needs to be at least 200 years old to make a proper staves for casks.
Whiskies need time to mature in Mazunara casks. And the ease of imparting a bitter wooden flavour into the palate makes the maturation process difficult. Some say it takes 20 years for a Mazunara casks to reach its maturation peak.
So, you see how this is gonna hurt your wallet.
In 2015, Bowmore launched the first ever Mizunara finished Scotch, Bowmore Mizunara, a 15+ yo NAS release that costs £750. How was it? I can't remember much besides my empty wallet.
So when this Glendalough came up to me with a €100 price tag, well, why not? A much more reasonable choice compared to the Bowmore.
Glendalough sourced these Mizunara barrels from Miyazaki Prefecture to enhance the flavour of this 13 year old Bourbon Cask whiskey. The outcome? I do get the sandalwood from the cask and some pleasant coconut and vanilla in the whiskey.
Good job Glendalough!
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