Suntory Excited to ‘Finally Share the Full Story’ of ‘Tsukuriwake’ Whisky-Making Method Through New Yamazaki Collection
Japan’s House of Suntory on Tuesday announced the launch of the 2022 Yamazaki Limited Edition Tsukuriwake Selection. The group claims the release is intended to honor the Tsukuriwake method of whisky-making, which means “artisanship through a diversity of making.”
Suntory says that Yamazaki whiskies have consistently featured four foundational pillars: Puncheon, Peated Malt, Spanish Oak and Mizunara.
The House of Suntory’s Tsukuriwake in Yamazaki uses multiple strengths of non-peated and peated grain varieties, two types of washbacks, 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.
“What excited me most about this launch is that just one year before the 100th anniversary of Suntory Whisky, we can finally share the full story behind our Tsukuriwake way of whisky making, which was born from the Founding House of Japanese Whisky,” Suntory’s fifth-generation chief blender Shinji Fukuyo said in a news release. “The 2022 Yamazaki Limited Edition Tsukuriwake Selection honors the fact that greatness comes from diversity. And in doing so, we unveil what truly makes Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky the authority of Japanese Whisky.”
The 2022 Yamazaki Limited Edition Tsukuriwake Selection, initially released in Japan in 2020, will be available in the next month in select global markets including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Austria, Spain, Singapore, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Thailand and Australia. Each expression is bottled at 48% ABV and has a suggested retail price of $450, with the exception of the Mizunara bottling, which carries a suggested retail price of $620.
Yamazaki Tsukuriwake Selection Tasting Notes
The Yamazaki Puncheon Single Malt Whisky is composed of malts aged exclusively in puncheons crafted by Suntory artisans from hand-selected American oak. With a capacity of about 480 liters, these large casks allow malt whiskies to mature slowly.
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 heavily peated malted barley that is blended to create the quintessential Yamazaki Peated 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 is composed of malt whiskies matured in oak casks originating from Northern Spain.
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
Mizunara is a species of oak native to Japan and is considered the signature enhancer giving Yamazaki its quintessential Japanese character and elegance. The Yamazaki Mizunara Single Malt Whisky is made of long-matured malt whiskies showcasing the beauty of the handcrafted Mizunara casks.
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
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