“YAMAZAKURA SINGLE MALT JAPANESE WHISKY ASAKA 2023 EDITION” was released on the official website of Asaka Distillery and official Twitter.
The deadline for lottery applications is April 3. The number of bottles sold by lottery on the Web is 200.
The 2022 EDITION was released last year and was a single malt blend of non-peated and 50ppm peated malt. The official product comment says that the nuance of the 2022 EDITION is not so different from that of the 2022 EDITION, but the reputation of the Asaka Distillery is increasing year by year, so we are very much looking forward to this whisky.
1. About the lottery application
You can apply from the official website of Asaka Distillery. Click here for the application form.
Application period: Friday, March 31 – Monday, April 3
Notification of winners: Only winners will be notified on April 7. Winners will be notified by e-mail to the e-mail address they entered in the application form.
Product shipping: Products will be shipped by Yamato cash-on-delivery in order from April 17 (Mon.). Cash on delivery fee is 440 yen.
2. YAMAZAKURA SINGLE MALT JAPANESE WHISKY ASAKA 2023 EDITION
A complex and flavorful single malt Japanese whisky blended with a carefully selected blend of bourbon barrel non-peated Asaka sake. The aroma of peat is subtle and accentuates the flavor. Gentle and mellow, with a light citrus acidity unique to Asaka, and a refreshing aroma. Light body with a good balance of barrel-derived sweetness, malt flavor, and a moderate vanilla aroma. Short but firm aftertaste. Non-chill filtered (non-cooled filtered), natural color (no coloring) finish.
Reference: “YAMAZAKURA SINGLE MALT JAPANESE WHISKY ASAKA 2023 EDITION” on sale｜Sasanokawa Shuzo official website
YAMAZAKURA SINGLE MALT JAPANESE WHISKY ASAKA 2023 EDITION
|Sake category||Single malt Japanese whisky|
|Barrel||Bourbon barrels, etc.|
|Number of bottles||Limited quantity|
|Degree of alcohol content||50%|
|Price||Suggested retail price: 12,100 yen (tax included)|
|Manufactured at||Asaka Distillery|
|Producer||Sasanokawa Shuzo Co.|
3. About Asaka Distillery
The Yamazakura Shuzo, founded in 1710 to the south of Lake Inawashiro, moved to Koriyama in 1765.
This Yamazakura Shuzo obtained a license in 1946 to brew whisky, which was in increasing demand as a national policy during the postwar U.S. military occupation.
The shortage of rice during and after the war made it extremely difficult to brew sake, and the influx of Western culture after the war was a factor in the company’s commitment to whisky production. During the period of rapid economic growth in the 1950s and 1960s, the company was called “Cherry in the North, Toa in the East, Mars in the West,” and Sasanokawa Shuzo’s “Cherry Whisky” became popular along with Toa Shuzo and Hombo Shuzo.
However, when the business entered an unfavorable period due to low growth and changing tastes, Toa Shuzo was forced to withdraw from the business in 2003, and the Sasanokawa Shuzo took custody of the barrels of the original sake at the Hanyu Distillery.
This was a big help in releasing “Ichiro’s Malt,” which later became popular around the world.
The Asaka Distillery is located in the “Sasanokawa Shuzo,” a sake brewery that has been in operation since the Edo period, and started operation at the end of October 2016 with the cooperation of Chichibu Distillery’s Ichiro Hido, with production facilities in place.
The pot stills look good against the old-fashioned white plaster walls.
Image source: Asaka Distillery’s official Facebook page
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4. Asaka Distillery Lineup
4-1 YAMAZAKURA World Blended Asaka Distillery & 4
4-2 YAMAZAKURA Single Malt ASAKA 2022 EDITION