Yamazaki Mizunara Cask 2017 18YO and Nikka Limited Edition Whisky

Yamazaki Mizunara Cask 2017There has been plenty of posts from different websites over the last week or so about the Yamazaki Mizunara Cask 2017 18YO. The basics are 1500 bottles at 48%abv. 200 of the bottles were offered in a lottery by Suntory in Japan only. The winners received their notification 2 days ago though of course it was no freebie. If you won you still had to pay the Japanese price of Yen108,000 or about USD$1000. No doubt the lottery was well oversubscribed. I would suggest that most of the remaining 1300 bottles will be offered to bars. Official release date is the 3rd of October. I have only seen one online retailer advertising this so far and they are already asking US$3300 for a bottle!!!

Anyway moving on from a bottling that will be nothing more than a unicorn for most people to something a little more relevant. Nikka is releasing some Limited Edition No Age Statement bottling’s. There will be Moscatel Wood Finished and Rum Wood Finished versions from both Miyagikyo and Yoichi bottled at 46%abv.Nikka Limited Editions 2017
There will be 3500 bottles of each version. Something I find a little bit odd is that the Moscatel Wood Finished bottling’s will be Japan only releases and the Rum Wood Finished bottling’s will be Europe/US releases. No doubt the Japanese version will be available a little ways down the track on the secondary market either online retailers or auction.

According to the official website the RRP for the Japanese bottling’s is Yen15,000 released on the 26th of September and 2 separate pricing regimes for the Europe/US bottling’s. In Europe they will be offered as the set of 2 at a RRP of Euro395 and in the US as single bottles for US$190 with a release date sometime in November. Europe and Japan bottling’s will be 700ml and the US version 750ml.

8 thoughts on “Yamazaki Mizunara Cask 2017 18YO and Nikka Limited Edition Whisky

  1. Thank you for this informative post, Brian. I was not aware of these upcoming Nikka releases, so this was interesting to read. However, given that these will be NAS and as I am no big fan of the current core bottlings of both Yoichi and Miyagikyo, I personally shall not have a go at them. Also rather odd to notice that in Europe they will have to be acquired as a pair.

    I am currently vacationing in Japan – greetings from whisky wasteland!

    • Hi Pierre,
      I will most likely give at least a couple of them a crack.
      You may not be aware but there is a new comment on the Buying Japanese Whisky In Japan 2017 thread you may be interested in.
      “If anyone is interested and in Tokyo right now, I was just at Mitsukoshi Ginza and they had about 30 bottles of the Chichibu Port Pipe Cask Strength. It’s 27000 yen, but you can get tax back.”

      Thanks for dropping by and enjoy your vacation.

  2. Hi Brian, I do have a source that can get me a bottle of Yamazaki Mizunara 18. In your opinion, do you think it’s worth to drop that $1000? Maybe as an investment?

    • Hi James, if you have someone who can get a bottle for 1k they are already reselling for 3-4k so I’d pretty much say that sums up the investment potential.

  3. Hello Brian,

    any idea where and when I can find these Yoichi Rum cask finish?
    Very excited about this release.

    Thanks in advance, love the blog.



    • Hi Chris,

      Don’t know sorry. I did a search for it the other day try and find an online store(in Europe) that is selling these but haven’t found anything yet. I haven’t done a search for the US yet. If I do find anything I’ll update the post.


  4. For those that absolutely must try the Yamazaki 18 Mizunara Wood, they’re pouring drams at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo… for Y25,000/glass. The bottle on the shelf is half-empty.

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