Chivas Regal Mizunara: World’s First Scotch Whisky Finished in Rare Japanese Oak Casks
Chivas Regal Mizunara is the world’s first Scotch whisky to be selectively finished in sought-after Japanese Mizunara oak casks.
First unveiled exclusively in Japan in 2013, the Chivas Regal Mizunara marked a new milestone in innovative whisky-making. Following success in Japan and subsequently France and Thailand, now whisky aficionados in Singapore will be able to enjoy the unique taste of Chivas Regal Mizunara blended Scotch whisky.
What is Chivas Regal Mizunara?
Chivas Regal Mizunara is the result of a collaboration between two whisky-loving nations; Scotch whisky and Japanese whisky are world-famous. Chivas Regal Mizunara celebrates the art of ageing whisky to create a distinctive spicy finish imparted by the Japanese Mizunara oak cask.
What did the Chivas Regal Mizunara project start?
The story of Chivas Regal Mizunara began when Custodian Master Blender Colin Scott visited Japan and he was impressed by the traditions and culture of the country. Chivas Regal Mizunara was created as a mark of respect towards Japan and its people. With the success of Chivas Regal Mizunara in Japan and beyond, Director of Blending, Sandy Hyslop, and his team are continuing to craft the unique blend today, making it available to a wider audience of whisky aficionados.
How is Chivas Regal Mizunara made?
Chivas Regal Mizunara is produced using a highly bespoke process in which a bespoke Chivas Regal blended Scotch whisky is selectively finished in Japanese Mizunara oak casks. The expert Chivas Brothers Blending Team carefully monitors the influence of the Mizunara oak on the whisky, a meticulous task in which the quality of each batch of Chivas Regal Mizunara is individually assessed.
What is special about Japanese Mizunara wood?
Mizunara wood is indigenous to Japan and has gained broad recognition for its inimitable influence on whisky. Mizunara oak casks are extremely rare and are renowned for their porous nature, which requires expert maturation and blending capabilities. Mizunara casks are celebrated for imparting a subtle yet distinctive spicy finish.
Mizunara oak trees take a long time to mature, meaning there is a limited supply available for cask production. Furthermore, Mizunara oak chosen for cask production is hand-selected for its quality and the flavour it will impart on the whisky, making it exceptionally rare in the industry.
How does the Chivas Regal Mizunara taste?
Chivas Regal Mizunara is rich and fruity on the nose, presenting aromas of pear and orange, while the taste is smooth and rich with a honey sweetness and a trace of hazelnut.
The finished Chivas Regal Mizunara blended Scotch whisky presents a smooth, generous flavour profile of the Chivas house style in perfect balance with the distinctive spicy finish imparted by the Mizunara casks.