Shibui Pure Malt 10yr Japanese Whisky Takes Top Score at IWSC 2023

Shibui Pure Malt 10yr

Shibui Whisky Company received another impressive accolade this week when Shibui Pure Malt 10yr old was awarded 96 points, the highest score given to any Japanese Whisky, at the 2023 International Wines & Spirits Competition (IWSC) - one of only two Japanese whiskies to receive such an honor.

Co-Founder and Head of Global Whisky Nicholas M. Pollacchi commented, "It is wonderful to have our whiskies recognized by our peers and expert judges at IWSC. Japan overall, and specifically our Shibui Master Blenders, have long been recognized for outstanding contributions to the art of blending whiskies and Shibui Pure Malt 10yr old is an exquisite example of this craftsmanship and dedication to excellence."

Shibui Pure Malt 10yr old is matured in American Oak Ex-Bourbon and European Oak Oloroso Sherry Casks for 10 years before a final finishing maturation in rare Japanese Mizunara Oak Casks. Like all Shibui whiskies, Pure Malt 10yr is natural color and non-chill filtered.

Tasting notes for Shibui Pure Malt 10yr old from the expert IWSC judges read:

"Gorgeous floral nose of freshly ground barley, honeyed fruitcake and a flutter of sweet spices, then lusciously smooth on the palate: buttery vanilla caramel, rich dates, pear chutney and a building mouth filling texture. Outstanding complexity with a balanced, lengthy finish."

Shibui Pure Malt 10yr is available via liquor stores found through the SHIBUI STORE LOCATOR 

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Shibui whiskies are crafted in multiple award-winning distilleries from two different regions of Japan, making their range of whiskies truly unique. Shibui World Blends showcase the art of Niigata Master Blenders who create exquisite marriages of flavor using multi-cask maturation. Shibui Single Grain whiskies are a reflection of the Japanese distilleries in Okinawa who distill the grains of the land and make whisky unlike any other. Shibui has numerous styles and releases including wheat whisky, malt whisky, world blends, single grain whiskies and single malts. All Shibui whiskies are natural color and non chill filtered.


Co-Founder and Head of Global Whisky Nicholas M. Pollacchi has spent 22 years building brands like Macallan, Glenrothes, Highland Park, Balvenie, Dalmore, Kavalan and Nikka before partnering with wine and spirit veterans, Lauren & Rachel Simmons to create Shibui Whiskies.

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About Shibui Whisky Company

Shibui is a multi award winning whisky company with distilleries in Niigata and Okinawa Japan.