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Single Malt Miyagikyo Manzanilla Wood Finish

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In contrast to the powerful and masculine “Single Malt Yoichi” the “Single Malt Miyagikyo” has a gorgeous and light taste, and its delicate feminine flavor is finished in a dry sherry cask.


Tasting Notes

“Single Malt Miyagikyo” , which has a gorgeous and light taste, is further matured in Manzanilla barrels, and features a harmonious taste of mild sweetness and soft bitterness. It has a sweet aroma reminiscent of dried fruits, coconut, and milk chocolate, and a slightly bitter aftertaste derived from the cask.

This is a wine with the floral and fruity characteristics of Speyside, plus the black berries and plums from the sherry casks.

This is a well-balanced bottle of Miyagikyo, which is said to be feminine, with the added aroma of dry sherry barrels.

Manzanilla is a dry sherry that is aged in the Sanlúcar de Barrameda region of southern Spain. The Sanlúcar de Barrameda area is located by the sea, and the sherry casks, which are fully influenced by the sea, have been matured for more than 50 years using the solera system (wine splicing), and also using the precious barrel material “American white oak”, which can be said to be a very special whiskey.




Aroma Sweet and sour aroma of dried fruits and shortcake.
Taste Soft taste with sweetness.
Aftertaste Bittersweet aftertaste of peat



Alcohol content 48%
Alcohol category Single malt whiskey
Cask Type Manzanilla cask
Contents 700ml
Number of bottles sold 4,000 bottles
Suggested retail price 16,500 yen (tax included)
Release date September 26, 2018 (Wednesday)




Our Take

It has a unique sulfuric aroma, so it is not so much for beginners or easy drinkers, but for those who want to feel the new charm of Miyagikyo.

Although the aroma is unique, the gentle mild sweetness of Miyagikyo appears on the palate.

If Yoichi is masculine and Miyagikyo is feminine, Manzanilla Wood is neutral.
The fact that it is so tricky makes it even more premium.

If you’re used to drinking Miyagikyo, you should definitely give it a try.


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