AMAHAGAN WORLD MALT NO. 3 MIZUNARA OAK FINISH
AMAHAGEN WORLD MALT NO. 3 MIZUNARA OAK
The name AMAHAGAN is derived from NAGAHAMA spelt backwards! Clever isn’t it!
The smallest craft distillery in Japan making headways on the world award stage. Nagahama distillery in the northern part of Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture. Japan’s smallest class distillery that only started operation in November 2016. These craft whiskies are made in this small distillery famously known in the region for its unique shape alembic pot stills, that makes you feel the very origin of artisan whisky making. The newmake spirit from these unique pot stills have a rich, floral and malty character. The Amahagan ‘Blended World Malt’ series are unashamedly world malt blends, due to the shortage of local malt in Japan, however the blending, finishing and more all takes place at Nagahama Distillery. The whiskies are filtered using the purest of water in Japan and finished in the finest oak from many forms. Made in the whisky style we have all come to love and enjoy from Japan, these malts have been awarded highly recently at the world whisky awards 2020, and are likely to sell out year upon year due to small batch hand crafted whiskies, luckily JQWS has continuity of supply as a major partner with Nagahama Distillery… for now.
Nagahama Distillery Master Blender is Takashi Kiyoi. This master blender and small team of three are definitely honing their craft of creating unique blends, whilst playing with wood infusions of great flavoursome rich oaks at its best. A total of only 9 ranges are released from this small and unique craft distillery. Amahagan range consist of 4 unique lines, infused different oak finishes, that are blended world 100% malts sourced from Japan, as well as imported world regions. The Whiskies are 47% ABV, 700ml and craft blended and finished in Japan for a minimum of three years. The “Nagahama New Makeup 59 ° are locally sourced and made in Japan. These unique clear whiskies consist of variations of malt & grain through the range and are finished in precious quercus crispula barrels in the distillery, 59% ABV and 500ml, hand labelled. The New Makeup 59’s are extremely limited release, and we get the first dib’s yearly at these releases. The final whisky is a 75% ABV proof newmake, which is available mostly only at distillery door. Single Malts are set to release in the future.
Quercus crispula wood finish (mizunara oak) Bitter malt with an oriental scent. The oriental personality of Quercus crispula, also known as “Japanese oak”, which is native to Japan. After ripening, the oak imparts an unique flavorsome notes unlike any other oak finish in the world..The appearance is pale amber. The sweet malt scent of Nagahama malt that overflows in the glass mixes with warm fruits such as oranges and red apples, making it more mellow. As time goes by, the nuances of the fragrant wood derived from Quercus crispula are further reduced, and at the end, it feels like a sweet caramel woody. Pallett has an orange baked confectionery and a fragrant brown sugar flavour. After the sweetness, there is a rich finish that is like slowly melting bitter chocolate in the mouth.
This Amahagan World Malt Edition No.3 is a fantastic world blend produced at the Nagata distillery. It’s a smooth and mellow creation that brings gentle fruits, fragrant wood imparted by mizunara oak maturation, subtle peppery spice and sweet caramel. It’s a well-accomplished and carefully balanced creation that is further highlights the possibilities in the world blend category.
World Whisky Awards 2020 -BEST BLENDED WHISKY GOLD
Melbourne International Spirits Competition 2020 – GOLD
TWSC 2020 – Bronze
SFWSC 2020 – Silver
TWSC 2021 – Silver
SFWSC 2021 – Silver
700mL, ABV 47%