Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo
A couple of years ago, Whisky Shop W. started releasing 300ml bottles with specially vatted malt or grain from their distilleries. They were ideal gifts – interesting for novices (who didn’t want to splash out on full-sized bottles yet) and seasoned whisky drinkers (who are always keen to try different expressions) alike – and became very popular. Today, Whisky Shop W. are starting to sell their fifth release. This time it is a 10-year old Yamazaki that has been finished for 2 years in red-wine casks. This is further proof of a relatively recent trend towards wine-finishing in Japanese whisky (after Mars' wine-finished Iwai Tradition and 10yo, and Suntory’s Hibiki Deep Harmony). [For more information see my contribution to the next issue of Whisky Magazine.]
Grab one while you can!