Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo
At the end of November 2014, we were thrilled to announce the imminent release of 10 new Japanese SMWS single casks. In the meantime, some of these have been available from Society chapters around the world. Fans back home have had to wait a little longer for these bottles to be shipped back and made available in Japan, but the wait is almost over. The “11 Samurai” have made their way back and to celebrate the occasion, the good folk at the SMWS in Japan are organizing a special event.
here, there is an 11th one. And what a stunner this promises to be: 116.19 (Yoichi), “Tobacconist by a sweetie shop”, 20yo, virgin oak puncheon. This release, as well as the 119.14 (Yamazaki) will be available to members in Japan from February 25th (noon) – with the 119.14 being limited to one bottle per member. The remaining nine will go on sale on March 10th (noon), and – to give as many members as possible a chance to get their hands on a bottle – people will only be able to buy 1 bottle from these 9 releases (until March 13th). This should also make it next to impossible for speculators to instantly flip these highly sought-after bottles on the secondary market.
It’s probably best not to wait too long. There is no doubt the “11 Samurai” launch event will be one of the highlights of the year for Japanese whisky fans. Nonjatta will be there, and we’ll report back… after we’ve recovered from all the marvels at the event.