Dream Dram: Suntory Unveils Reformulated Yamazaki 25

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Japanese distillery Suntory has just introduced its reformulated Yamazaki 25, which was spearheaded by chief blender Shinji Fukuyo and takes inspiration from the ltd. edition Yamazaki 1984 single malt with spiced notes of incense on the nose, sandalwood and spicy ginger on the palate, and a finish with subtle hints of smoke.

The updated take is now aged in three types of oak — American, Spanish, and Japanese mizunara — much like the 12-year-old and 18-year-old Yamazaki expressions. But it goes beyond adding cohesiveness through the lineup. “We went back to the key component whiskies of Yamazaki,” Fukuyo explains. “We deliberately chose to feature the depth and profound nature of the notable Japanese mizunara oak. For in its meticulous balance with the American and Spanish oak, Yamazaki’s signature multi-layered taste profile and complex aroma is accentuated.”

Priced at $2,000 USD and intended to be enjoyed neat, the 43% ABV Japanese single malt is sure to be one of the most coveted and collectible releases of the year. It arrives within a stunning, bar-worthy bottle featuring a label printed on handmade mulberry Echizen paper.