Yamazakura Japanese whisky launches in Europe

29th October, 2015 by Amy Hopkins

European distributor Les Whiskies du Monde has expanded its range of Japanese whisky with the addition of a new brand.


Bottling of Yamazakura 16 Years Old has not yet been completed

Created at the historic Sasanokawa Shuzo distillery in Japan, the Yamazakura 16 Years Old is an age-statement blend that has been matured in Bourbon barrels with a mash bill of 20% malted barley and 80% corn.

Just 1,192 bottles of the whisky will be made available in the European market through Les Whiskies du Monde. Its name refers to Japanese words: “Yama”, meaning “mountain”; and “Sakura”, which refers to cherry trees.

Said to have a flavour of toasted bread, coconut, fig, pear, and licorice, Yamazakura 16 Years Old carries an RRP of €130.00.

The Sasanokawa Shuzo distillery first opened in 1765 producing sake and shochu, In 1946, the distillery moved into whisky production.

Founded in 1999, Les Whiskies du Monde imports and markets more than 200 spirit brands, including Tomatin Scotch whisky and Writer’s Tears Irish whiskey, in France and wider Europe.

Earlier this year, the company launched the Fujikai 10 Year Old Japanese whisky.

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