Sensei Mizunara Japanese Oak Cask, 40%

Price: $40 Issue: Fall 2021 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

The lack of sweetness or fruitiness on the nose makes this feel austere, with aromatic five spice, oiled woods, bell pepper, celery stalks, and tulips. The taste profile starts light with bitter lemon, vanilla, and a little waxiness, then develops flavors of gentle pepper and vanilla ice cream, then leaves a palate coated in unctuous creaminess. It turns out to be rather moreish in the end.