Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo
On a trip to to Japan, master blender Colin Scott got the idea of creating a version of Chivas Regal inspired by local whisky making techniques and customer preferences. He carefully selected the component grain and malt whiskies – all over 12yo – with the local palate in mind and then finished part of his blend in Japanese oak (i.e. mizunara) casks. As far as we know, this is the first time a Scotch blended whisky has incorporated mizunara. It’ll be interesting to see if there is a discernable influence.
‘Chivas Regal MIZUNARA Special Edition’ will go on sale October 1st, but some liquor shops are already taking pre-orders. It’s bottled at 40% abv – a shame they didn’t give this a more natural presentation at a higher abv – and will retail for about 3,500 yen. As soon as we get a chance to try this special edition, we’ll get back to you with further details.