New Whisky Files - The Bowmore Mizunara
Loads of new whiskies coming into Singapore at the moment, so with the election fever now died down, it would be great to start looking at a few of them as the whisky launches have come thick and fast. One group that has been moving exceptionally quickly is Beam Suntory, the new giant in the world drinks scene. The acuqisition of Beam by Suntory has now led to them having distilleries in Scotland, USA, Canada, Ireland and Japan, not bad considering how the whisky world is growing so rapidly over the past few years.
This access to so many whisky making countries also provides the company with the opportunity to tackle unchartered waters when it comes to whisky innovation, and the Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish epitomises how the company has accepted this challenge with open arms. The brainchild of current master blender Rachel Barrie, the Bowmore Mizunara is, as the name suggests, Bowmore whisky that has spent an additional period (around 3 years in this case) finishing in Mizunara casks, which are casks made with Japanese oak, which is very rare and very expensive. The Bowmore whiskies were previously maturing in Bourbon barrels since the early to mid 1990s, meaning this comes from vintages of good provenance as far as modern Bowmores go. Those with perceptive eyes may have noticed the Mizunara casks resting in the corner of Bowmore's famed No. 1 Vaults over the past few years, and now, it seems that the good people at the distillery believe it is time to release the results to the rest of the world. With only 2000 bottles and a recommended retail price of £750 - translating to over SGD$1500 - this isn't going to be for everyone, but Singapore will be lucky enough to a have a small amount of these bottles available for those who can afford it.
But as we always say here at SGwhisky, the hype and backstory are one thing, but the proof is in the pudding. So here's our review of the Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish: