Kurayoshi 8 Year Old Sherry Cask Pure Malt Whisky

Kurayoshi 8 Year Old Sherry Cask Pure Malt Whisky

(0.75l, 46%)


6.8/10
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$93.99
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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
    Japan
  • Alcohol
    46%
  • Distillery
    Blended malt (Scotland & Japan)
  • Age
    8 Year Old
  • Maturation
    New white oak and finished infirst-fill ex-Sherry casks

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What does Kurayoshi 8 Year Old Sherry Cask Pure Malt Whisky taste like?

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Japanese Whisky can act as an interesting comparison between Scotch and Bourbon, being a Scotch-style spirit matured in conditions with greater temperature variation closer to Kentucky.

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. 

Finish
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
Seth
Seth,
Just not to my taste. I've enjoyed most sherry cask finish whiskeys I've tried to date, but did not enjoy the almond profile in this particular offering.
 
Dan
Dan,
My kind of whiskey
 
Cameron
Cameron,
Did not enjoy
 
Jacqueline
Jacqueline,
Not horrible but definitely not my cup of whiskey!
 
John
John,
Great flavor, I really enjoyed this whiskey,this was my first Japanese whiskey and I was really impressed
 
Bernadette
Bernadette,
Somewhere between an American bite and some fruity oak.
 
Ashley
Ashley,
Butter and zest on the nose. Almond and peanut on the palate. Slight oak and vanilla. Three drops of water bring out mineral, zest and spice. Three more and I get lightly toasted oak and a lot of spice. Better at the higher abv, but never unpleasant. Second tasting: strong mineral and zest. Not much almond this time.
 
Scott
Scott,
Lots of honey notes
 
Jarod
Jarod,
Hmm.. never had a Japanese whisky before. Not as unique as I'd expected for coming from the other side of the world It has a strong nutty taste which I enjoyed and quite a kick with some woody undertones. Not very smooth, though. I'm a bit undecided but I don't think I'd order it at a bar.
 
Suzanne
Suzanne,
Not horrible, but nothing special. Not particularly sharp or sweet. A typical whisky, perfectly acceptable.
 
John
John,
Pretty good, but not my favorite. I like the flavors of almond and oak and sherry. They are however, a little too faint. The texture also burns a little too much for my taste
 
guest
guest,
Too peppery and earthy for my taste. Drowns our other things trying to come out.
 
Huagang
Huagang,
Subtle and reserved flavours, not bad.
 
Tom
Tom,
Sweet, tastes like cereal. OK, but not worth the price.
 
Chris
Chris,
Good fruity flavor bit of a burn on the finish
 
Tammy
Tammy,
I wanted to like this more than I did. Tastes a bit harsh and like just alcohol.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is a very good, elegant, Pure Malt Whisky that has an aromatic birth; while a rich birth that leads to an elegant death of medium length with notes of port & barley.
 
Emily
Emily,
Not crazy about this one - too harsh for me.
 
Peter
Peter,
Very smooth and drinkable.
 
Zachary
Zachary,
It's OK 🤷🏼‍♂️
 
Gary
Gary,
It had a funky aftertaste. If 5 stars is an average whiskey then this is below average.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Color is light amber. Nose is sherry forward, with a mild background of malt, dried fruit, and mild salinity. First sip is salty and full of tannin. Malt follows, along with a mild vanilla creaminess. Finish is a mild baking spice. Too much tannin for me to enjoy the rest of flavors.
 
Jackie
Jackie,
Too synthetic, too much alcohol and sherry.
 
Wyatt
Wyatt,
Very bitter. Not my taste at all.
 
brian
brian,
Almond, cherry, leather, some sweet/salty sherry taste. Dark chocolate. 1-12 advent calendar. Sweet after taste like bourbon.
 
John
John,
Sweet. Can definitely taste the Sherry influences. Oak on the palate. More Sherry and less oak compared to macallan 12 Sherry. Slightly intense heat on the finish.
 
Dan
Dan,
My first Japanese whisky. It’s nice
 
ANNE
ANNE,
Sweet, caramel, brown sugar notes
 
Liz
Liz,
Smells like a goji berry, tastes like zinc and has a scotch afterburn without the flavor.
 
Stephanie
Stephanie,
Light flavor, however a bold finish
 
Kevin
Kevin,
My first Japanese whiskey, I liked it, sherry cask finish made it very delightful and light
 
Jason
Jason,
A sweet scotch
 
Carmelo
Carmelo,
Not a great whiskey. Yes a lot of flavor but not in a good way. It’s not smooth and def. needs ice.
 
Mark
Mark,
Smooth & delightful
 
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