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At the Yamazaki Distillery, we produce an unparalleled variety of undiluted spiritsin the fermentation, distillation, and aging processes. Particularly in the maturing process, barrels of various types, materials and sizes play an important role in the characterization of the original sake.

In order to fully enjoy the characteristics of these different types of raw materials, we use the following methods The five types of single malt whiskey “Yamazaki” 2020 EDITION. The climate and craftsmanship of Yamazaki have nurtured We hope you will enjoy the unique flavors of each.


The Bottle

Concentrated sweetness and acidity from Spanish oak, with rich fruit.

Spanish oak produces malt liquor with a rich aroma because it dissolves more tannins and other substances than the more common American oak. The oak is cut from the forests of northern Spain, and the barrels are made according to strict quality standards. The malt is then laid down for a certain period of time in Spanish oak barrels* used for storing sherry. We hope you enjoy the concentrated sweetness, acidity, and rich fruit aroma of the Spanish oak.

The sherry barrels (barrels used for storing sherry) generally include Spanish oak barrels and American oak barrels, but this product uses only Spanish oak barrels, hence the name “Spanish Oak 2020 EDITION”.




Aroma Raisins, dried tomatoes
Taste Concentrated sweetness and acidity
Aftertaste Continued sourness and bitterness




Alcohol content 48% alcohol by volume
Alcohol category Single malt whisky
Barrel type

Spanish oak barrels

Contents 700ml
Number of bottles sold

Limited quantity (quantity not disclosed)
This product is sold in limited quantities, mainly to restaurants.

Suggested retail price 12,100 yen (tax included)
Release date November 4, 2020



Our Take

Because of the great influence of oak on the raw spirit, this product was launched under the product name Spanish Oak. In developing this product, we checked past Yamazaki sherry casks and carefully selected and blended the raw materials to achieve a flavor comparable to those casks. We hope you enjoy the rich, smooth and deep taste.
Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo (from the manufacturer’s website)

The sweet and rich aroma derived from sherry is very characteristic.

In the mouth, you can feel dried fruits and spiciness, and the gorgeous aftertaste continues.

We also have Puncheon, Bordeaux Wine Cask, and Peated Malt available for you to compare.

How about relaxing and de-stressing while feeling the differences in their personalities and the depth of whisky?

We hope you will enjoy it at BAR SHINKAI.



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