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Yamazaki, Single Malt Sherry Cask (Japan)
Whisky-pages regulars will be aware of our respect for Japanese whiskies and our affection for Sherried single malts, so by way of a New Year indulgence, January’s Whisky of the Month is Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask. This bottling was launched last year, and while it carries no age statement, it actually comprises whiskies averaging from 12 to 15 years of age. All have been matured in first-fill ex-Oloroso Sherry butts, and 16,000 bottles have been released worldwide. The nose features sweet, rounded, luscious Sherry notes, with ripe plums and background coffee beans and allspice. The palate offers sweet and sour flavours, rich, dark fruits and plain chocolate. The finish is long, with chocolate-coated raisins and a hint of liquorice. As with so many Japanese whiskies, a harmonious, ensemble effect. 48.0% ABV, 70cl, £57.95, specialist whisky merchants.

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