Thursday, August 8, 2013

Chivas Regal MIZUNARA Special Edition to be launched in October

Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo
Pernod Ricard Japan have just announced an exciting new, limited edition specially created for the Japanese market: ‘Chivas Regal MIZUNARA Special Edition’.

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.

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