Best Japanese Single Malt Whisky Of The Year – Yamazaki Mizunara Single Malt

The emergence of single malt whisky from Japan was something that wan’t taken too seriously a few years back. No one really thought that the demand and market for Japanese single malt whisky was there. Now, however, no one would dispute the fact that the Japanese are producing some top quality whisky in an ever increasing competitive market. In fact they are now the second producer of single malt whisky in the world.

Yamazaki Mizunara Single Malt Whisky

The 19th annual award from the Whisky Advocate’s blog goes to Yamazaki Mizunara single malt whisky. This is part of different wood expressions from the distiller.

Mizunara is a Japanese oak and is very popular among Japanese single malt whisky distillers for giving a unique and distinct flavour to their whiskies. With the Mizunara oak wood cask single malt the distiller is showing the basics of what goes into a single malt. The fact that Mizunara oak casks aren’t available to Scotch whisky distillers makes this whisky very unique in the whisky market. It is a whisky which embodies Japan, not just a Scotch whisky copy.

Tasting notes:

Colour: reddish amber

Nose: aloes wood, incense, cinnamon, coconut

Palate: smooth, with a rich sweetness

Finish: richly sweet, with a pleasant lingering aftertaste.

Buy Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky

If you want to purchase a great whisky from Yamazaki, then we’re offering in association with the Whisky Exchange a bottle of Yamazaki 18 year old single malt. To buy it, then click on the image below.



The distillery was established in 1923 in the Vale of Yamazaki. It is the first malt whisky distillery in Japan and was built by Shinjiro Torii who is credited by being the father of Japanese whisky.

The distillery is located on the outskirts of Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. There the conditions were perfect to produce good whisky – pure waters, high humidity and a diversity of climate.

Nowadays Suntory Yamazaki is one of the most popular single malt whiskies in Japan and is enjoyed all over the world by whiskey connoisseurs.