Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016
Yamazaki // Japan
Released in early 2016, this bottling of Yamazaki Sherry Cask is made from a blend of over 100 malts aged in Oloroso sherry casks. Suntory's Chief Blender, Shinji Fukuyo, oversees every aspect of the casks including the selection of the Spanish oak, charring, and aging of the sherry wine. After three years of aging the sherry, the wine is dumped and the barrels are sent to Japan to age the whisky. Only 5000 bottles of this product will be available worldwide. It is bottled at 48% abv and has no age statement.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask Typeex-Oloroso sherry casks
"As is to be expected, the Sherry Cask whisky presents you with a mix of dried fruits on the nose--cranberries, cherries, orange peel to name a few. The aroma is intoxicating. Barrel spices are present, but are gentle. The aroma of milk chocolate is found along with a faint char smoke. As you taste, the whisky feels slightly oily initially but is lean in the mouth rather than lush. On the palate is where the whisky offers up its barrel spices which feel a little rough, but not unpleasant. The whisky is tangy and finishes on the dry side. The overall impression is more sweet-tart than sweet despite the dried fruit flavors (a compliment, not a criticism). The whisky is enjoyable, but lacks what is necessary to make it exceptional."