Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2012 No Age Statement 48%

p1000696Nose: A bucket load of raisins, currants and sultanas. Black cherry liqueur. orange jus injected oak, cherry chocolate, prunes, stewed rhubarb, merlot, oak, beef stock cubes and menthol. Expressive.
Palate: A sweet spice attack. Rhubarb, prunes, cocoa, raisins, currants, blackcurrant jam, sweet orange, pecans. Brazil nuts. Peanut butter, butter menthols and some drying oak.
Finish: Medium length with a  sweet/dry combo of the flavours on the palate. Balanced and complex.
Last Word: For me this a benchmark for affordable sherry cask matured whisky. Even better than the 2011 version which I rated highly.

Rating: 91/100

10 thoughts on “Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2012 No Age Statement 48%

  1. I would be interested to hear how the Sherry Cask NAS stands up against the 18yo. 91 points is a very high mark. Still, is it any match for the 18yo?

    • Hi Pierre,
      Well I’d give a good batch of the 18 90/100. I don’t think the style is directly comparable though. The 18 being a mix of 3 different cask types, with each having it’s own influence on the 18. Mind you I recently spent some time with a dram of the 18 at a bar in Kuala Lumpur, and it had a strange flatness compared to batches I’ve tried from years gone by. I wrote tasting notes on it and will publish them at a later date, so watch out for it.

      Regards
      Brian

  2. This sounds good. Thanks for the heads up Brian, after some searching i just got (today) a few bottles confirmed with my name on. Looking forward to receiving them. 🙂

    • As far as my research leads me to believe the minimum age of the whisky in these is 10 years with some older stuff in the mix. There is not a lot of variation in these, usually very good to excellent at least the 3 versions I’ve tasted.

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