Yamazakura Fine Blended Whisky
Yamazakura // Japan
The Sasanokawa Shuzo liquor company has been producing sake and shochu dating back to 1765. Based in the city of Kōriyama of the central Fukushima prefecture, their portfolio expanded into whisky sometime in 1946 before the start of Japan's whisky boom. Translating to "mountain cherry trees," Yamazakura releases hardly make it out of Japan, like this limited edition Fine Blended Whisky that was made available in 2015. It is bottled at 40% ABV.
BlendedComprised of both single malt(s) and single grain(s) often from many different distilleries; if Scotch or Irish must be aged for at least three years in oak barrels; Irish may include single pot still whiskey in the blend.
"A floral, metallic nose with a touch of grain spirit. The palate is rather harsh and alcoholic. Some vanilla and caramel notes attempt to surface but are overwhelmed by the taste of spirit and alcohol. A rather poor expression."