The winner of the World’s Best Irish Whiskey is the first Irish Whiskey with a Japanese mizunara finish. Extremely rare and expensive, virgin mizunara oak, comes from the rugged most northerly island of Japan, Hokkaido. It is coopered 1,000 miles south in Miyazaki Prefecture in Japan's only independent cooperage, by Japan's oldest cooper. Mizunara amplifies the vanilla smoothness, bringing apricot, marmalade and sandalwood notes to a long milk chocolate finish. This is unique to the Irish Whiskey category and is extremely rare and limited. This is one to savor. We like it neat or with a little water or ice.