Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The Shin Mizunara Japanese Malt Whisky

Hello single Malters, want to take your taste buds on a tour to Japan? Reviewing The Shin Mizuanara Japanese Malt Whisky which will do exactly that in the comfort of your own home. . I will share the following in today's blog- 
  • My research on the history behind this whisky
  • Vital Stats
  • Tasting notes
  • SJ's Rating
  • Occasions best enjoyed & SJ's pro tip
  • FAQ's about this fairly new Japanese whisky
When I picked up this bottle, I had no idea what to expect which is part of the fun I have with my reviews. I wanted to try Japanese single malt but did not want to break the bank so selected this one based on a few things 
1. New brand of Japanese whisky
2. High ABV of 48%
3. Non-chill filtration
4. Reasonable price 
What I did not like about it is the plastic bottle cap, it makes it look cheap for a single malt. I highly recommend the makers to use a cork bottle cap and not cheap plastic. Drinking single malt whisky is an experience, don't cut costs on silly things like this. (Picture below says it all)

Reads the product label "Shin Malt Whisky is crafted by master distiller, Mr.Ken Usami who selected best malt whiskies and finish them in casks made of Japan's prized Mizuarna Oak". The interesting thing is it could be sourced from anywhere including Scotland of course. Sounds intriguing already doesn't it. Shin stands for integrity which is one of the core principles of samurai tradition. Now its time to put my judgement to the test by doing the fun part- tasting it :-). Enjoy my tasting notes!

Vital Stats- The Shin Malt Whisky Mizunara
Price- $59.99 for 750ml bottle 
Age- NAS(No Age Statement)
ABV- 48%
Contry of Origin- Japan
Distillery- Shinbou Distillery,Niigata, Japan
Awards won- 2020 Gold, San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Glencairn Whisky Glass
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Dark Amber 

Aroma- Japanese Mizuarna Oak, sherry, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, honey, very pleasing
Flavor- Similar to  Glenlivet Nadurra, amazing full of sherry, oak, pepper, spices, honey, cloves
Body- Full
Finish- Smooth, long, warm & lingering
SJ's Rating- Top Shelf
Exactly what I had thought it would be so it met my expectation. High 48% ABV gives it a strong personality and non-chill filtration gives that extra flavor. If you are looking for an exotic change of pace from the regular Scotch , this is perfect. 
Occasions of use- Celebrate special occasions like anniversaries, milestones
Cocktails- None, Enjoy neat
Food Pairing- Spicy burrito bowl from Chipotle complimented the bold strong whisky

SJ's pro tip- Try it on the rocks as well. I found the taste very flavorful after a couple of ice cubes. 

Is The Shin Malt Whisky Mizunara good? 
For the price point, it is an absolutely good Japanese blended malt whisky.

Who makes The Shin Malt Whisky? 
The Shinbou Distillery 

What is The Shin Malt Whisky Mizuarna? 
It is a blend of malt whiskies finished in Japanese Mizuarna Oak

Absolutely enjoyed shopping, sipping and reviewing this whisky. Check it out for yourself and find out. Cheers! πŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒEnjoy Responsibly.
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  1. have not tried many Japanese whiskeys, will look for this

    1. Be aware ..once you go the Japanese Whisky route there is no coming back πŸ˜‰πŸ˜€. The flavor and aroma invites you to a whole different world.

  2. Good review but I think further research is needed. It is not clear who actually distills the malt whisky. It could be coming from Scotland or even US. Although I would like to trust their integrity I would have appreciated more transparency.

    1. Hi, they have not disclosed where it actually comes from. If you happen to know please enlighten us with the info. My research is still on.


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