[Release in early November] YUZA Single Malt Japanese Whisky Third Edition 2023

New Release
New Release
Yuza Distillery

The long-awaited third edition of the edition series from the Yuza Distillery, which has been remarkably successful in winning “GOLD” at the “International Spirits Challenge (ISC) 2022”, a world-class liquor competition with the theme “One and Only Japanese Whisky in the World”, is now available!

Last year in 2022, two bottles of the cask strength series, first and second, were released.
This year, “YUZA 2023”, a standard product with adjusted water content, and this third edition will be released in 2023.
It is also noteworthy that the name of the series has changed from “Cask Strength Series” to “Edition Series” this time.
The release continues to be somewhat slow-paced for a new distillery, as stated in the official comment “If we are not satisfied, we will not release it,” which is Yuza Distillery’s most important policy, and they are making a proper Japanese whisky with each release, introducing a new product that is the talk of the town.


1. YUZA Third edition 2023

Comment from the official website

Vatted in bourbon and sherry casks, the key malt is made from rare Japanese oak aged in “Mizunara” casks.
The key malt is a rare Japanese oak “mizunara” barrel-aged spirit. The fruity base is typical of the Yuza Distillery, but it is characterized by the heavy flavor derived from mizunara oak.
Please enjoy the complex and elegant flavor that reminds you of spending time in front of the fireplace in winter.

Suggested Retail Price16,500 yen (tax included)
Release dateEarly November
Alcohol content55%
Aroma & TasteThe fruity base is typical of the Yuza Distillery, with pleasant vanilla and a hint of peat aromas.
The complex flavor is a combination of the richness of Mizunara oak and the mellowness of the oak.

2. 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 on single 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

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3. 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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