Kurayoshi Sherry Cask Pure Malt Whisky

Kurayoshi Sherry Cask Pure Malt Whisky

(0.75l, 43%)


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A lighter, fresher, citrus-forward Malt.

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 Sherry Cask Pure Malt is the second of the two Sherry-influenced Malts in the Kurayoshi portfolio. But this one is younger — aging approximately three years before finishing in Sherry casks. Best Part? 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 legenary volcanic stone filtered waters of Tottori Prefecture. This means that the flavor profile is very similar to its older sibling, but with the brighter, more youthful zest that you would expect in this age-range. This brings out more herbal and citrus notes while maintaining a nice complexity. The real surprise is how well it pairs with food. Think of it like a “white Wine of Whisky” and enjoy.

Kanpai!


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.
  • Category
  • Style
    Pure Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Tottori Prefecture
  • Country
    Japan
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
    Matsui Shuzo
  • Age
    3 Year Old
  • Maturation
    White oak and finished in Sherry cask

Flavor Spiral™

About The Flavor Spiral

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sherry
zesty
citrus zest
mineral
herbs
berries
lemon
grassy
strawberry
What does Kurayoshi Sherry Cask Pure Malt Whisky taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Kurayoshi Sherry Cask Pure Malt Whisky and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
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Corner
Japanese single malts, like Scottish, are double distilled in pot stills while grain Whiskies in column stills.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Light amber. 

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Balanced with berry, lemon grass, and dark chocolate. 

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Citrus zest and field greens on the front palate with Sherry and young strawberries on the back. 

Finish
Medium length and lightly tart. 
Ratings & Reviews
Ryan
Ryan,
Okay
 
John
John,
It’s interesting. Spiral says herbs it seems floral to me. Then that drops off and stays with a burn.
 
Stefanie
Stefanie,
This surprised me as I do not like citrus or "mild" whiskey. Refreshing. Almost spring summer feeling in scent and taste. Definitely get that mineral and herbal scent. Not too sweet.
 
Todd
Todd,
Sherry prevalent. Citrus. Sweet overall.
 
Liz
Liz,
Neat, we hated it. Malted vinegar. On ice, it was more palatable.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Surprisingly balanced whisky. The sherry is definitely noticeable, and from the smell I was not expecting to like it. But the flavor profile is milder than expected and rounds out nicely with mild fruitiness.
 
Angela
Angela,
Nothing special. Sherry forward and mellow
 
Zachary
Zachary,
Forgettable and weird finish
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Good mouth feel. Citrus/grassy taste lingers a little too long. Sweet finish. Very good sipping whisky
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Very much enjoyed this but had a hard time pinning down the flavors. I felt the Sherry was subtle but like the descriptor zesty in the flavor spiral. This was young and bright but smooth despite its youth. Fruity, gently sweet, but most of all “zesty.”
 
Burton
Burton,
Fruit and vanilla with a bit of bite. Unique quality that comes across as Apple cider to me. Feels higher in alcohol content than it is. It is good. Worth a look of you are expanding into Japanese whisky.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Color is a light amber. Nose is strong with citrus, honey, and berries radiating from the glass. Vanilla and malt are found past the initial wave. First sip is almost zesty, with a milt tingle amidst some maltiness. Mouthfeel is smooth, not thin or viscous. Further sips reveal a subtle berry note, as well as some grassy notes. Finish is a wave of acidity that leaves the tongue with a lemon like flavor, but without the freshness of fresh lemon. Overall, the nose is great, but the palate and finish leave plenty to be desired.
 
Cyrus
Cyrus,
Sweet up front and quick dry and a little sour rose finish at the end. Overall, very pleasant, easy drinking Japanese whiskey. Would recommend.
 
Foster
Foster,
Little too sweet for my tasting but a quality Japanese whisky
 
Dustin
Dustin,
Really smooth start and finish and crazy caramel notes. I use this as a desert pairing.
 
Jim
Jim,
Nice balance of sweetness. Robust mouth feel. A little zing on the back.
 
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