Bowmore is to release the first-ever Islay single malt whisky finished in casks made of Japanese mizunara oak.
Set for global release on September 1, the limited edition scotch gains a spicy, mellow taste of sweet vanilla, cedar wood, mango and honey rose blossom from being finished in the Japanese wood.
These notes complement Bowmore’s signature peatiness, creating a refined, elegant complexity described as “floral spice and fragrant smoke, carried on a fresh ocean breeze”. It has ABV of 53.9%.
The Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish represents one of the first occasions that Japanese distillers have spared mizunara casks for a whisky outside of Japan.
Mizunara oak comes from the north of Japan, grown for up to 300 years before being handcrafted into casks. The barrels were shipped over to Scotland where they were filled with the whisky and left to rest in Bowmore’s No 1 vaults.