Shinobu Pure Malt Mizunara Oak cask Finish is produced at the Shinobu Distillery in Niigata, Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต and this is my first meeting with Shinobu Whisky.

My wife and I had a cozy stay in Helsingborg in Sweden where the most exciting whisky on the menu at the restaurant was this Shinobu Pure Malt

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Orange zest, subtle soft smokiness or earthy note, toffee, grassy and oaky tones.
Velvety with hints of sandalwood, pepper, vanilla, citrus some burnt caramel and a earthy touch.
Medium long with a touch of nutmeg, cinnamon, and milky coffee.
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I didn’t really know what to expect. The Mizunara oak is always intriguing in my opinion because not that much whisky is matured in these casks. This is a easy drinker but as an first impression I am not overwhelmed. I think one more taste some day can give another experience.

I have tried to find some facts about Shinobu Distillery and the whisky and this is were I get a little confused because some info does not compute in my head – The distillery is from 2012. First whisky was released in 2018 but at the same time it states that Shinobu Whisky is handcrafted by carefully selecting whiskies from around the world, reserving them in ex-sherry and ex-bourbon casks, and finishing them with Japanese Mizunara oak. The result is a fusion of flavors, a dynamic explosion on the palate, and a smooth and easy-to-drink whisky with no artificial coloring.
So how much is sourced and how much is made at the distillery?

By Whisky Adventurer

Behind the name Whisky Adventurer is Lars Modvig Hesselberg. In short, I enjoy immersing myself in all aspects of the whisky world. I enjoy the stories, the people, the scents, the development, the taste, the variety, the big ones, the small ones, the distilleries and much more. Telling and passing on knowledge and experiences through speech, writing and pictures is a big part of the whole experience for me.