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YAZŪKA World Malt BEAUTIFUL

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A collaboration whiskey between Kazuya Yoshii, one of Japan’s leading rock musicians, and Nagahama Distillery.

Kazuya Yoshii’s first encounter with authentic Scottish single malt whisky was at a bar in Scotland that he visited for a photo shoot. He was shocked by the taste of Scotch whisky recommended by a local gentleman, and as he fell in love with the charm of Scotch whisky, I had a strong desire to make a whisky that reflected my own life someday. Kazuya Yoshii himself was involved in setting the taste theme, blending, tasting, and selecting the barrels for this premium whisky.

The product name “BEAUTIFUL” is the title of Kazuya Yoshii’s first single song. This is a gem of a song that THE YELLOW MONKEY wrote while he was going through various struggles as a musician during his solo activities after he stopped his activities in 2001. It is a whiskey that delicately expresses the peaty bitterness and sweetness that comes from a mature man who has overcome suffering and sorrow. It was released on August 19, the 50th anniversary of my father’s death.

 

The Bottle

Mellow aroma of sherry barrels and smoky aftertaste.

A lustrous amber color. The top notes are berries and raisins from the sherry casks. Gorgeous, sweet and gentle aromas reminiscent of passion fruit and dried fruit. The mouthfeel is very smooth, and the smoky accent from the peaty raw material mixes with the richness of the sherry cask to create a more profound taste. The pleasant smokiness lingers on into the finish, disappearing down the back of the throat with a velvety, delicate flavor.

 

 

Aroma Passion fruit, pineapple and fresh fruit aroma
Taste Sourness of berries and raisins, sweetness of fruit, peaty bitterness
Aftertaste A lingering sweetness with some peat.

 

 

Alcohol content 47% alcohol by volume
Classification Blended malt
Cask Type Additional maturation in sherry casks
Contents 700ml
Number of bottles sold Limited to 6,000 bottles
Suggested retail price 8,800 yen (8,000 yen without tax)
Release date August 19, 2021

 

 

Our Take

Kazuya Yoshii’s attention to detail is not limited to blending and tasting, but also extends to aging. Bourbon barrels for “Father” and sherry barrels for “Beautiful” were used for additional aging to match the taste of each song. By carefully maturing the whiskey in the Nagahama Distillery’s maturation room while listening to each original sound source in the barrels with pure audio without any mixture, we succeeded in imbuing the world view of each song even more strongly into the taste of the whiskey.

I’m sure there are some people who bought this whisky because they are fans of whisky but don’t know much about it. If the whiskey is aged in barrels with the music, the fans will be very happy. Please enjoy this whiskey while playing the music and thinking about it.

 

(All Images Courtesy of JPWhisky.net)

 

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