Blog Water of Life – Chivas Mizunara and XV

Water of Life – Chivas Mizunara and XV

Posted Jan. 17, 2019, 7:28 p.m. by T

Advertisement
Radio K 2

Water of Life – Chivas Mizunara and XV

Inspired by the attendance of Chivas’ recent Sydney incarnation of The Blend, my curiosity was sparked to explore Chivas’ expressions that so far have not come across my palate. As mentioned before, Chivas has been a reliable and accessible companion even in the more remote regions of this earthround and their trademark authentically Scottish art of blending whisky has yet to produce an emission that I would not enjoy a dram of.

When it comes to Whiskey countries outside Scotland, Japan has always ranked high among my favourite. Naturally, Chivas’ exploration of how they could channel their alchemy and marry it with a Japanese twist instantly caught my attention, i.e. Chivas’ efforts of sourcing fine and rich single malts and grain whiskies and letting their emissions mature in hand-selected Mizunara oak casks.

What makes Mizunara oak special apart from the beautiful name is that it is crafted from trees that are indigenous to Japan’s Hokkaido region and renowned for its distinctive porous nature, which necessitates expert calibration and blending capabilities.

The result is a smooth, light amber special edition 12-year old premium whisky from the Speyside clocking in at 40% ABV with a unique and subtle flavour, the sweet (think pears, stewed apples and honey) meet gingery spicy cinnamon notes, framed by a nuttiness, nuances which are partly derived from the rare porous Japanese casks and add a bit of sandalwood.

A bit of research yields the result that the genesis of this beauty was apparently inspired by Master Distiller Colin Scott’s trip to Japan and the fact that it was initially meant to be an expression aimed at the Japanese market only, before global demand had Chivas make it widely available.

Now, while the Mizunara expression is quite something, Chivas XV, i.e. a fifteen-year-old blend takes explorations and redefines in the best way possible what Chivas is usually known for.

Instead of Japanese oak, the Chivas XV has been selectively finished in Grande Champagne Cognac casks. Now, being a cognac aficionado, there was no doubt in my mind that this marriage would yield results, yet what materializes in the Glencairn knocks the velvety and rich notes that Chivas is usually known for out of the park.

This is one for celebrations as pouring it instantly adds a bit of luxury and gravitas to any moment: Sultanas, jam, sweet and fruity apple notes travel via fields of honey to butterscotch and caramel plateaus, which culminate in a vanilla high in the finish.

When at a bar in the depths of Northern Asia in the future, it will be difficult to order Chivas without at least inquiring if one of the two expressions might be hidden behind Chivas’ ole faithful twelve-year-old.

Both Mizunara and the XV are testament of Chivas being at the forefront when it comes to creating blended whiskies that do not have to hide behind their single malt peers.

Read more Water of Life entries here.

---

Photo by T

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

Water of Life - Tin Shed Distlling

Posted by T
April 14, 2019, 1:35 p.m.

Water of Life - Tin Shed Distlling I have sung the praises about Tin Shed Distillery and their product of formidable artisan whiskies before. Given the meticulous attention not merely ... read more

Never Never Distilling Co. / Caffe Bartolo collab

Posted by T
April 12, 2019, 1:51 p.m.

Water of Life Never Never Distilling Co. / Caffe Bartolo collaboration Never Never Distilling Co. has been on my radar for quite some time. Upon finally experiencing the emissions of ... read more

Tiger Snake & Limeburners/Pirate Life collab

Posted by T
April 6, 2019, 4:12 p.m.

Water of Life Tiger Snake & Limeburners/Pirate Life collab  I hear you – the flags of everything Bourbon and Sour Mash are in most people’s minds thoroughly planted on terrain ... read more

Philip Anselmo and the Illegals @ Factory Theatre

Posted by T
April 4, 2019, 6:55 p.m.

Philip Anselmo and the Illegals Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia March 30, 2019 Phil Anselmo has quite a back catalogue and since his days with Pantera has proven his front man ... read more

Rose Tattoo @ Metro Theatre

Posted by T
April 1, 2019, 8:58 p.m.

Rose Tattoo Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia March 29, 2019 Claiming that Rose Tattoo is an iconic band is an understatement par excellence. While they are held esteem on stage around ... read more

Advertisement
Radio K 2
x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.