KUALA LUMPUR, April 9 — Scottish single malts and blended scotch have all the benefits of heritage but Japanese whiskies are slowly becoming the preferred choice.
Eager to know why, Chivas Regal Master Blender Colin Scott ventured to Japan and there, he found the answer.
Japanese whiskies kept in Mizunara casks won him over and this was how the Chivas Regal Mizunara was born.
This 12-year-old whisky finished in casks made from Mizunara (Japanese oak) wood is literally how you can enjoy the best of what both worlds have to offer.
On the nose where the tones of the Mizunara cask are clear and dominant is how this whisky really stands out.
Hints of pear and orange notes and slight traces of black tea and tobacco hit you from the first sip.
The Chivas Regal Mizunara offers a floral and sweet taste with just the perfect touch of spiciness only a Mizunara cask can offer.
Mizunara is a type of oak native to Hokkaido, Japan, particularly known for its high moisture content and has been used by the Japanese since the 1930s.
The name is a portmanteau of Mizu and Nara. Mizu in the Japanese language means water, while Nara means oak.
Pernod Ricard Malaysia Brand Manager Benedict Yong described the Chivas Mizunara is a work of art between Japan and Scotland.
“The whisky world is wide and varied, steeped in craftsmanship. Japanese powerhouse whiskies were inspired by Scottish whiskies to begin with. Now we have an instance of paying homage the other way around, a blend inspired by a Japanese influence.
“To say it is an exciting addition to our line-up here in Malaysia is an understatement.,” he said.
Due to its rarity — Mizunara casks can only be made with oak trees that are at least 200 years old — it commands a significantly higher market price compared to other typical oak casks used in whisky maturation.
But here’s where Chivas truly outshines its major competitors as it is the cheapest Mizunara cask whisky compared to your Yamazaki or Bowmore Mizunaras.
A great product best enjoyed with some grilled beef and salmon sashimi, the Chivas Regal Mizunara is smooth, rich and extremely easy to drink.
You won’t go wrong choosing this whisky if you walk into a bar and cannot decide between a Japanese whisky or a traditional Scottish single malt.
Chivas Regal Mizunara is available in 45 different outlets in Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley.