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Wakatsuru Saboru Maru MOON GLOW Half Moon 2019

Wakatasuru Moon Glow 2019 selected as Best Blended Limited Whiskey for 3 Consecutive Years

Selected as the best whisky in the Japanese Blended Limited Release category for under 12 years. "Saburomaru Distillery" scores gold once again.

Selected as the best whisky for 3 years now in the Japanese Blended Limited Release category for under 12 years. “Wakatsuru Saburomaru Distillery” scores gold once again.

Wakatsuru Sake Brewery Co., Ltd. distillery in – Saburomaru, Tonami City, Toyama Prefecture – has scored Gold in the global contest “World Whiskey Award (WWA) 2020” with their “MOON GLOW Half Moon 2019” in the category “Blended Limited Release”.

Wakatsuru Saborumaru Distillery

Wakatsuru Saborumaru Distillery main building

This year, there were more than 2,300 entries from over 50 countries and 74 entries from Japan. Check results here


  Distillery: Wakatsuru
Product Name: Moon Glow 2019
Whisky Origin: Japan/Imported
Single Malt: No
Alcohol: 43% ABV
Bottles: 8142

MOON GLOW 2019 Tasting Notes (by the distillery):

Aroma: Old coniferous tree such as Japanese cedar or cypress, orange, vanilla, a hint of peat, dried malt, unique grain, oil, biscuit, and fresh apple.
Flavour: Little light, spicy and Japanese-cypress-like flavour with a hint of oil. Old Japanese cypress for the aftertaste.

A rich grain finished in a red wine barrel and a sherry cask brings out a subtle sweetness exquisitely, leading to a gentle and smooth after finish. The multi-layered taste and complex achieved only by long years in continue in harmony and just over 10 years aged.

This is the fifth entry in the Moon Glow series, partially featuring Japanese whisky distilled in 1960.

However 1960 whisky is again a bit controversial as without strict Japanese whisky making standards it could be only a couple ml per bottle, and the distillery has acknowledged it’s blended with a variety of imported whiskies (undisclosed source) that are at least 10 years old, and aged for an undisclosed length of time in Sherry PX (Pedro Ximenez) barrels hence the subtle sweetness.


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Address: 208 Saburomaru, Tonami City, Toyama Prefecture 939 – 1308, Japan
Telephone: +81 0763-32-3032
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