Bainbridge Yama Organic Whiskey
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Bainbridge Yama Single Grain Japanese Mizunara Cask Whiskey takes its name from the village of Yama, founded on Bainbridge Island in 1883 by Japanese immigrants coming to Bainbridge Island to start new lives and realize new opportunities. The small Yama village was a thriving place, with a traditional Japanese teahouse, Japanese baths, Buddhist temple, a hotel and shops and populated by Japanese families with lots of children. The closure of Port Blakely Mill in 1922, an employer for many of the men living in Yama, caused village residents to relocate to different parts of the island where they took up farming or opened shops and other small businesses.
After barreling Bainbridge Yama whiskey will rest in 100% virgin Japanese Mizunara oak cooperage until it is mature and ready for bottling. The combination of small barrel size, oxidation encouraged by the porous nature of Mizunara oak and storage in the warm stillhouse within sight of the copper still creates what we think are the perfect conditions for maturing whiskey in this incredibly unique and special wood. The finished whiskey bears this out. Ruddy copper in color, Bainbridge Yama Whiskey is un-chill filtered and free from additives, flavor enhancers and coloring agents, and bottled at 90 Proof or 45% ALC./VOL.
Bright aromatics of mango, vanilla, toasted sandalwood, tropical flowers, marzipan and star anise. Flavors open on nutmeg and clove, pear and toasty wood notes, settling out to honeyed vanilla and toasted marshmallow. Finish is warm and lingering with fading spice and a pleasant oak grip.