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Bowmore to release single malt aged in rare Japanese oak

Published:  21 August, 2015

Islay's Bowmore distillery is to release the island's first whisky aged in casks made from Japanese Mizunara oak.

The expensive, rare and difficult to work with variety of oak is used by some Japanese distilleries to give a more perfumed aroma to their whiskies than traditional French or American oak, but has seldom been used to age whisky outside its home country.

Critics have variously described its impact on whisky as being to impart pine, sandalwood or coconut notes.

Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish will be released globally in an edition of 2,000 bottles on September 1.

UK listings include Harrods, Selfridges, The Whisky Exchange and The Whisky Shop with an rrp of £650.

The whisky is being bottled at 53.9% abv.

Bowmore described the whisky as "a spicy, mellow taste of sweet vanilla, cedar wood, exotic mango and honey rose blossom with Bowmore's signature peatiness".