[Released mid-September 2023] YUZA Asahimachi Wine Barrel Aged Whisky (Yuza Distillery)

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“YUZA Asahimachi Wine Barrel Aged Whisky.” Released in mid-September from Kinryu and Yuza Distillery. Characteristics, price, and how to purchase.

Continuing from last year, “YUZA Asahimachi Wine Barrel Aged Whisky,” a single malt Japanese whisky collaborated by Yuza Distillery and Asahimachi Wine Ltd. will be released in a limited edition of 5,000, 180ml bottles as last year. The release date is likely to be sequentially from mid-September. It will be sold mainly at roadside stations, tourist facilities, and souvenir shops in Yamagata Prefecture.

The official website of the Yuza Distillery also states that “This product will only be sold in Yamagata Prefecture. I appreciate your understanding.”


1. How to purchase

Unfortunately, there is no online store available at this time.
The only way is to go to Yamagata and visit a roadside station or a liquor store.

2. YUZA Asahimachi Wine Barrel Aged Whisky

YUZA Asahimachi Wine Barrel Aged Whisky is a product unique to “Yamagata”, created through a collaboration of the prefecture’s liquor makers.
The barrels are French oak from Troncais, produced by “Seguin Moreau”, one of the world’s top manufacturers used by top chateaus in France, so you can enjoy the aging process in high quality wine barrels.
The result is a deep flavor with the sweetness of malt blended with the gorgeous flavor of wine.
Reference: Collaboration Project Product Information|Yuza Distillery

Product nameYUZA Asahimachi Wine Barrel Aged Whisky
Sake typeSingle malt Japanese whisky
Barrel typeRed wine casks
Number of bottlesLimited to 5,000 bottles
Degree of alcohol content48%
Price2,970 yen (tax included)
Manufactured atYuza Distillery
ProducerKinryu Co.

3. About Yuza Distillery

Kinryu Co., Ltd. opened its third whisky distillery in the Tohoku region in Yuza-machi, Yamagata Prefecture in 2018.

Yuza-machi is blessed with fresh, clean air and water from the famous Mt. Chokaisan, which has been selected as one of the “100 best water towns” in Japan, and is ideal for producing top quality whisky.

The pot stills used are made by Forsyth, and five fermentation tanks are made of Canadian bay pine. The process and aging methods are also based on Scottish methods, with young whisky not being casked, and only whisky that has been fully matured to its satisfaction is produced, focusing only onsingle malts. Because we are a small distillery that cannot mass-produce whisky, we go to great lengths in every detail to produce the highest quality whisky with the utmost care.

Yuza Distillery Whisky Concept
“TLAS” concept

The whisky produced at the Yuza Distillery is

The concept of the distillery is “TLAS”, which stands for the initials of the above.

The Yuza Distillery is a very small distillery for a whisky distillery, with a site area of approximately 4,550 square meters and a distillery area of approximately 620 square meters. The exterior of the distillery may look small and cute, but the whisky produced here is authentic and of the highest quality. It is a one-of-a-kind Japanese whisky that is produced using traditional methods, but with the Japanese spirit of “monozukuri” (craftsmanship).

Quote from Yuza’s official website

4. Yuza Distillery’s Whiskies Released in the Past

Misato Ushiwata

Born in Fukushima Prefecture.
She attended a university in Tokyo, where she studied brewing and other sciences while translating articles for the "Japanese Whisky Dictionary".

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