Isawa (Monde Shuzou)
ISAWA japanese Blended Whisky モンド蒸留所 / Mondo jōryū-shoEssentially a Japanese wine producer, Monde Shuzou do advertise a blended whisky called ‘Royal Crystal’ on their website but it is not clear if the malt contained within is of Japanese origin. A few years ago, they produced a small batch of single malt called Usuikyou, which was bottled by an independent retailer. There is little information as to whether Monde Shuzou will be making single malt in the future.
Allright this Isawa (石和) is from the Monde Shuzou distillery and is available in Europe. It is bottled at 43% vol. in a unusual 660ml sized bottle. It comes with a 1983 vintage tag and is supposedly around 25 years old.
The Isawa (石和) 10 is a single malt whisky from the Monde Shuzou distillery. Although they are mainly known for their wine they also produce some whisky (Nonjatta link with more info). Other whisky expressions from Monde Shuzou that are available in Europe are the Isawa Blended, Isawa 1983 and the Touguchi 18 blend.
The 10 years old reviewed here comes in a small 0.55L bottle with 43% vol.