Kurayoshi 8 Year Old Sherry Cask Pure Malt Whisky

Kurayoshi 8 Year Old Sherry Cask Pure Malt Whisky

(0.75l, 46%)

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A serious Pure Malt with a Eau de Vie in its soul.

Matsui Shuzo Distillery was founded in 1910 northwest of Kyoto on the facing the Sea of Japan in Tottori Prefecture. Importantly, the distillery is within sight of Mount Daisen — a volcanic peak rising more than a mile above the surrounding fertile plains. This is significant because the spring water used to distill their Sake, Shōchū, and Whisky and bring it to proof has filtered through volcanic stone for eons — resulting in significant purity and a unique, soft mineral composition.

The Matsui Shuzo Distillery keeps a low profile. It’s almost enigmatic with no visitor center or direct sales. But the line Whiskies that comes out of their warehouses are very highly regarded — including ten Malts under the Kurayoshi brand and five grain Whiskies under their Tottori nameplate. All of them very popular with the discriminating dram-lovers across the Land of the Rising Sun.

Kurayoshi 8 Year Old Sherry Cask Pure Malt… just about everything you need to know is in the name, aged a full eight years in new oak, then finished in first-fill ex-Sherry casks. Hear something else... It's a 100% malted barley Whisky, sourced from distilleries around Scotland, before making their way to Japan, where it is blended with Japanese Whisky, aged and cut to proof with the legendary volcanic stone filtered waters of Tottori Prefecture. If you are a lover of Sherry-influenced Whisky, you will love this one. But don’t expect it to taste like a Macallan. The Kurayoshi is lighter and more delicate, but with a similar sweetness. And the Kurayoshi is bottled at a perfect 46% ABV, so there is an inner strength to the spirit as well. 
  • Category
  • Style
    Pure Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Tottori Prefecture
  • Country
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
    Blended malt (Scotland & Japan)
  • Age
    8 Year Old
  • Maturation
    New white oak and finished infirst-fill ex-Sherry casks

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Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan and some other parts of the world distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and USA they spell it Whiskey.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Warm amber. 

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Rich with rancio, pear, and sultanas. 

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Ripe d’anjou pear Eau de Vie with a malt and hints of allspice and oak. 

Medium length and lightly sweet. 

Smartass corner:
Mount Daisen is regarded by some ancient religious sects in Japan as a holy mountain — including the syncretic Shugendō faith of “the path of training and testing.
Ratings & Reviews
Smells like a goji berry, tastes like zinc and has a scotch afterburn without the flavor.
Light flavor, however a bold finish
My first Japanese whiskey, I liked it, sherry cask finish made it very delightful and light
A sweet scotch
Not a great whiskey. Yes a lot of flavor but not in a good way. It’s not smooth and def. needs ice.
Smooth & delightful
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