New Release: Courvoisier Mizunara 2023
One of only 500 bottles, Courvoisier present a unique and exotic expression of their House Style, Cognac in Blossom, with the Courvoisier Mizunara 2023. This unique spirit, made from a blend of Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne and Borderies, is traditionally aged in French oak barrels for a minimum of 10 years. It is then moved to new Mizunara barrels for the remaining few years, revealing exotic aromas of an exceptionally harmonious and aromatic cognac.
Meticulous wood selection as long been a hallmark of Maison Courvoisier since the Maison was founded in 1828. French wood is hand selected from sustainable forests to create casks hewn from the region’s finest tight grain and wide grain oak, bringing the exquisite depth, complexity, structure and flavour that has made Courvoisier the most celebrated cognac in the world. Their devotion to the craft continues with the release of the second edition of Mizunara. Born from a desire to experiment with different types of wood to impact the maturation of cognac, these casks made from the rare Japanese Mizunara oak tree.
The precious wood, most famously used by Yamazaki distillery to mature their whisky, is notoriously difficult to work with, and yet results in the most magnificently unique flavour. This is the first collaboration between Maison Courvoisier’s Seventh Generation Chief Blender, Thibaut Hontanx, and Fifth Generation Chief Blender of the House of Suntory, Shinji Fukuyo, who have drawn on their collective expertise in the art of blending and their shared belief that truly visionary blends come from the collaborations of craft, culture and people to create the expression.
Expect oriental aromas of candied orange and coconut followed by delicate notes of tropical fruits, chocolate, honey, jasmine, sandalwood, cinnamon and blond tobacco. The palate is smooth and mellow with flavours of vanilla, roasted cocoa and pepper, before a long-lasting finish of soft tannins and exotic sweetness.
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