This is a sherry cask matured Japanese Single Malt Whisky from Yamazaki. Rather than blending a selection of different cask types together, Yamazaki have just selected whisky matured in ex-Sherry casks for a rich, fruity style.
Suntory’s Yamazaki whiskies are crafted in Japan’s oldest distillery. Built in 1923, the Yamazaki Distillery was created by Suntory’s founder Shinjiro Torii. Nestled on the periphery of Kyoto, the water is reputed to be among the purest and softest in Japan. He was eager to create perfect Japanese Whisky that reflects the nature of Japan and the spirits of Japanese craftsmanship. Shinjiro Torii’s unswerving passion and outstanding craftsmanship have been passed down from generations to generation, who have continued to take Japanese Whisky to new heights.
Appearance – Clear, deep brown with burnished bronze highlights.
Aroma – Blackened raisin burnt fruit cake, dried chocolate, vinous amontillado sherry and subtle clove spice. Faint mint jelly and quince jam.
Taste – Heavy and bitter sweet with robust but not overly dry old oak, prunes, figs and burnt toffee.
Aftertaste – Long, burnt dried burnt and lingering mint jelly freshness. Unlike many other sherry whiskies, this takes a splash of water well.