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Pure Malt Whisky Yamazakura Port Wine Cask Finish


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The Sasanogawa Brewery, known as “Cherry in the North, Toa in the East, Mars in the West,” played a role in the local whiskey boom around 1975 to 1960.

This is a port wine cask finish from the Yamazakura series, produced exclusively for Isetan Mitsukoshi by the only and oldest local whiskey maker in Tohoku.


The Bottle

The cold wind from the Bandai grater nurtures Azumi’s whiskey.

A pure malt whiskey made from carefully selected malt matured in bourbon barrels and finished again in port wine barrels.

Non-chill filtered (no cooling filtration) and non-colored (no coloring) bottling.

It has a sweet aroma and strong tannins unique to port wine.

Limited edition for Isetan Mitsukoshi.

The port wine is from Portugal, which is characterized by its mild tannins.




Aroma Barrel-derived syrup, medicinal herbaceousness
Taste Wine acidity, spicy and bitter
Aftertaste Tannin aroma from the nose



Alcohol content 46% alcohol by volume
Classification Single Malt
Barrel type Bourbon barrels
Contents 700ml
Number of bottles sold Number of bottles sold
Suggested retail price 9,350 yen (tax included)
Release date 2019




Our Take

This is a famous product that was quietly marketed because it is a limited product of Isetan Mitsukoshi.

Firm aroma. Tannins that can be fully felt.

The Sasanogawa Brewery, one of the leading whiskey producers in the Tohoku region, has created a series of cask finishes with many variations.

I hope you will enjoy it like a wine, slowly warming the glass in your palm and feeling the aroma open up.


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