Glenfiddich Reveals Grand Yozakura Finished In Japanese Ex-Awamori Casks
The Grand Yozakura is the first Glenfiddich product to use these rare casks
Whisky titan, Glenfiddich, has created the first Single Malt Scotch Whisky to be finished in rare ex-Awamori casks, the latest release within the renowned Grand Series. It presents itself as a limited-edition fusion celebrating the finest flavours from Scotland and Japan.
What Is Grand Yozakura?
Grand Yozakura is a 29-Year-Old Whisky matured at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown and finished in oak casks that previously matured the oldest distilled alcoholic spirit in Japan, Awamori. This unique process produces a finish unlike any other.
Moreover, the Grand Series is a series of extraordinary single malts that is characterised by innovative and experimental cask finishing. Awamori is made using long grain indica rice and traditionally stored in clay pots and matured in oak casks.
It is also said that the technique for making the spirit has not been altered in over 500 years. Only a small proportion of Awamori is aged in oak casks making them exceptionally rare.
Celebrating Japanese Culture
Grande Yozakura celebrates Hanami, the “cherry blossom festival,” where Japan appreciates the temporal beauty of nature through the sakura. A time for renewal and optimism, the festival is best experienced illuminated after dark where it is known as the Yozakura or ‘night sakura’.
On top of that, this fleeting moment captures a time where nature is honoured and this marriage of rare liquids, once gone, will never be replicated presenting a transient chance to experience a beautiful collision of cultures and flavours.
Presentation Makes Everything
As we all know, looks matter, thus, the packaging of Grand Yozakura brings this meeting of cultures to life with a signature illustration. Created by Japanese artist June, the illustration features artwork incorporating Japanese culture and landscapes.
The packaging also includes a bespoke topper and traditional poem printed onto each specially designed outer. Changi airport in Singapore is the first in Asia- Pacific to activate and launch Glenfiddich Grand Yozakura, and travellers at the airport can enjoy an interactive brand experience via an Oculus VR headset.
Fancy a swig? Visit the Official Glenfiddich Website.