Suntory only made 5,000 bottles of the highly hyped Yamazaki Mizunara 18 Year Japanese whisky for the whole world, and prices for a bottle reach into the $4,000 range. If you want a taste, you have to be rich, know someone who is rich, or you have to have been to Disney World recently. Yeah, Disney World.
Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida, carries some of the rarest Japanese whiskies in America. Twenty-three different whiskies (the last bit of Mizunara 18 Year was recently sold, sadly) fill Morimoto’s backbar for anyone wanting a taste from a number of bottles that cost thousands of dollars.
“Most rare and limited edition spirits never really see the public light, they are stashed away for VIPs, friends and people in the know,” Eric Bandauski, the purchasing manager for Patina Restaurant Group, which owns Morimoto Asia, Enzo’s Hideaway and others, said in an email. “We want to feature and promote and let the guests know it’s there, ready to be had if you desire,” he said, adding that “jaws hit the floor from industry friends when they found out we were allocated a bottle of Suntory’s infamous Mizunara 18 Year and we put it on the back bar and menu for everyone to enjoy.”