Whisky Review: Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 Edition

What else but prune juice of course on the nose, a mellow sherry influence with the woodiness adding to the depth. Well balanced acidity and sweetness. The flavours are well blended together but each element remains concise. The European oak note is sophisticated in particular. Smoked almonds in the background and this may be controversial, there is a hint of sulphur, ever so slightly but it’s there. Dates, cinnamon and cocoa puff become more evident with time as it grows more leathery and malty.Juicy and syrupy at first on the palate. It then dries out slightly with a hint of balsamic acidity. The second wave then comes along with the plums and cherry liquor note sipping out. The spices are rather toned down amidst the sweetness of toffee as the creaminess unfolds.

A mellow finish with the maltiness surfacing upon the underlying creaminess.

All in all it is a refined sherry cask that’s very approachable.