Top 50 most innovative spirits launches of 2014: 10-1

23rd January, 2015 by Amy Hopkins

10. Yamazaki and Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve

Yamazaki-and-HakushuSuntory claimed to be pioneering the “next chapter of Japanese whisky” with its two no-age-statement Distiller’s Reserve expressions from the Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries.

In a move away from traditional USPs, Suntory said the limited edition releases were part of a bid to demonstrate that “age should not be the sole parameter in measuring quality”.

Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve is a vatting of liquid aged in French oak Bordeaux wine casks, Sherry casks, mizunara casks (Japanese oak) and American oak casks, with some peated malt added.

Meanwhile, Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve is a blend of lightly peated malt, heavily peated malt, and whisky matured in American oak for around 18 years.

Both variants contain whisky aged between eight and 20 years, but Suntory took the bold decision to focus more on flavours resulting from different barrel types.

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