THE YAMAZAKI Heavily Peated Botteled in 2013 48% 70cl By SUNTORY
From the Suntory press release
We start to sell a limited number of “Yamazaki Heavily Peated 2013” from the 23rd of April. The Unblended Heavily Peated is one of the unblended whiskies consisting of Yamazaki. When we dry germinated barley which is one of the raw materials for Malt Whisky, it gets dried over fires that have been strongly stoked with dried peat. “Yamazaki Heavily Peated 2013” emits aromas of smoke, peach and biscuits, and has heavy sweet flavour and a long-lasting smoky finish.
This year is the 90th anniversary since Suntory’s founder Shinjiro Torii established Yamazaki Distillery at the bottom of Mt. Tennoh, the periphery of Kyoto. We bring you this special bottle in the anniversary year which makes a turning-point for Japanese whisky making.
Peat is essential for adding a distinctive smoky flavour to whisky. Peat is an accumulation of partially decayed vegetation such as heath and aqueous plants in Northern parts of Scotland. By using peat when drying barley, it gives whisky a smoky flavour.
“Heavily Peated” unblended whisky, made from heavily peated barley, is Malt whisky which has a strong and delicate smoky flavour. “Heavily Peated” unblended whisky is a very important element for Yamazaki. By adding it a little to Yamazaki which is vatted with various malt whiskies that are made from pure water of Yamazaki, known as a source for exquisite and well-conserved water in a carefully calculated balance, it gives Yamazaki deep and complicated flavour.