[Released in early April 2024] YUZA Spring in Japan 2024

New Release
New Release
Yuza Distillery

Information on the release of new YUZA products in 2024 from the Yuza distillery in Yamagata Prefecture. Includes information on new releases as well as past products.

Unlike the previous edition series of YUZA, this new release, named ‘YUZA Spring in Japan 2024’, how is it going to turn out?


1. YUZA Spring in Japan 2024

Yuza distillery official HP

Yuza distillery official HP

In early April 2024, the single malt Japanese whisky YUZA Spring in Japan 2024 will be released in limited quantities.

First-fill bourbon casks aged 4-5 years have been carefully selected and vatted with sherry cask whiskey as the key malt.
The sweet, gorgeous aroma spreads out as if spring is opening at once after a harsh winter in a snowy country. The smooth, fruity taste is layered with richness and continues into a pleasant aftertaste.

Please enjoy the evolved “Yuza distillery character” and the spring atmosphere.

Characteristics of aroma and flavour
Based on the fruity character of the Yuza distillery, sweet aromas reminiscent of vanilla and honey spread out. The smooth taste, with a hint of sherry cask-derived opulence, is richly layered and continues into a pleasant aftertaste.

Reference: Yuza Distillery official website.

Suggested retail price16,500 yen (tax included)
Start of saleEarly April 2024
Content volume700 ml
Alcohol content55%.
Cask alcohol1st fill bourbon, sherry

2. what is the Yuza distillery?

Image credit: Yuza Distillery Facebook

This is the third whisky distillery in the Tohoku region, opened in 2018 by Kinryu Co. in the town of Yuza, Yamagata Prefecture.

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

The pot stills used are made by Forsyth, there are five fermentation tanks and Canadian bay pine is used. The process and maturation methods are also based on Scottish methods: young whisky is not casked and only whisky that has been matured to a satisfactory level is produced, focusing only on single malts. Because it is a small distillery that cannot mass-produce whisky, it is able to go to great lengths in every detail to produce the highest quality whisky with the utmost care and attention.

Yuza distillery whisky
Concept “TLAS”.

The whiskies produced at the Yuza distillery are,
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 4,550 m2 and a distillery area of 620 m2. The exterior may look small and cute, but the whisky produced is authentic and of the highest quality. It is a one-of-a-kind Japanese whisky produced using traditional methods, but with the Japanese approach to craftsmanship that is uniquely Japanese.

Quote from Yuza’s official website.

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3. whiskies from the Yuza distillery released in the past

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After working at a restaurant in Tokyo, became a certified sommelier by the Japan Sommelier Association.
I became interested in Japanese whiskey, of which he had little knowledge, and started working at bar Shinkai. I went to distilleries to talk to the distillers and joined JWD to share their passion and information as a bartender.

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