Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo
It seems like these days there's hardly any news about Japanese whisky that isn't - though initially inspiring - greeted with torrential criticism (usually related to either scarcity of availability or the stratospheric heights of the price tag attached - occasionally both...). The latest bit of news following that pattern is the newly unveiled (in Europe, that is!) Bowmore Mizunara.
It was an open secret that there were mizunara casks at Bowmore distillery - Japanese whisky fans visiting the distillery had spotted them (and taken pictures - which we've seen on a number of occasions.) Incidentally, from the pictures it seems like they were not virgin mizunara casks, but ex-Yamazaki casks. Interestingly, Suntory blenders - in response to some 'mizunara finishes' released by other companies (you can imagine who) - have always maintained that "there is no such thing as a mizunara finish", because mizunara needs a long time to have the right sort of impact on the maturation process. It seems like they have either changed their mind or that the above doesn't apply to the warehouses at Bowmore.
We doubt we'll get to try it - even at a bar it would be prohibitively expensive - which is why we are inviting you, dear reader, to provide some notes on the actual liquid. Watch this space - or not...