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Comprised of approximately a 10 barrel blend, this 15 year old convent of barrels were dumped and finished for an additional year in Japanese Mizunara casks. Yielding 1403 bottles, Rabbit Hole distillery's Founders Collection Mizunara is their smallest release yet, with a suggested retail of $1499. Bottled at barrel proof.
Oaky, raisin bread, black tea, orange rind, coffee and sandalwood. There's big oak notes without becoming bitter or tannic. The combination of black tea and sandalwood is insane, with the raisin bread and orange rind adding a floral, sweet, fruity pop. Aromatic but not overbearing.
Rich and viscous, coffee, black tea, rich oak and toffee. The oak trend continues, but it's once again perfectly integrated. Coffee, that black tea note and toffee are perfect compatriots in delivering a sweet, savory, balanced profile. Heavy and syrupy mouth feel.
Long, opulent finish. The sandalwood is back, along with it: plenty of raisin, fig, cherry cordial, maple syrup, candied date.
Simply incredible. Everything emanating from this bottle is nothing short of incredible. From the decadent mouth feel, to the eye opening array and complexity of flavors on the palate, this bottling has it all. If other producers are eyeing the super premium category, they'd better work diligently because Rabbit Hole's Founders Collection Mizunara has set the bar for quality in the space. Disclaimer: I sampled this at Rabbit Hole, free of charge, but am off to track down a bottle for myself - something I rarely do.