It was arguably the expression that created a worldwide frenzy for Japanese whiskies. Whisky writer Jim Murray was so impressed by the Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013, he gave it the ‘World Whisky of the Year’ award last year, describing it as “near indescribable genius”, nose of “exquisite boldness” and finish of “light, teasing spice”. Its demand went through the roof, and so did its prices.
We aren’t sure if the 2016 edition has a similar finesse and quality (as we’ve yet to taste it), but most definitely, its pedigree will ensure that it’ll be a hit among many whisky enthusiasts. The Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 is now available.
For Yamazaki’s sherry matured expressions, the sherry casks, or rather, the selection of the sherry casks is a pivotal process. The selection is overseen by Suntory Master Blender Shinji Fukuyo, who makes sure that the profile of the sherry casks complements the multi-faceted chemistry and characteristics of Yamazaki whiskies to a tee. Balance, is the order of the day. According to Suntory, “the meticulous selection process of the Spanish oak, the management of the sherry casks, and the overall aging process ensure the final award winning quality of this liquid.”
Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 Official Tasting Notes
Nose: raisin, sun-dried tomato, clove, cocoa
Palate: deep, rich, sweet and sour, chocolate with hazelnuts
Finish: long, bittersweet, sour