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Suntory unveils new Yamazaki Sherry Cask

Beam Suntory has released the 2016 edition of its single malt Yamazaki Sherry Cask following the worldwide success of the 2013 bottling.

Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 is almost twice the price of its 2013 predecessor

Available from 1 February, Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 has been aged in Sherry casks sourced from the Northern region of Spain by Suntory’s chief blender Shinji Fukuyo.

According to Suntory, this is a whisky for “Suntory whisky lovers” and not novices. It joins Yamazaki’s Cask Collection, which also includes bottlings aged in mizunara, Bourbon barrel and puncheon oak.

Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 is said to have a “raisin-like, deep sweetness that is both elegant and rich”, along with a “slightly bitter acidity” when sipped neat.

Just 5,000 bottles of no-age-statement Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 (48% abv) have been made globally available at an RRP of US$300.

In November 2014, whisky expert Jim Murray gave Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 the ultimate accolade of ‘best world whisky’ in his Whisky Bible 2015, failing to give any Scotch brand a spot in his top five.

At just over US$140, the expression was significantly cheaper than its 2016 incarnate.

In 2014, it was reported that Suntory planned to ramp up the prices of its Yamazaki, Hibiki and Hakushu whisky brands due to the soaring cost of new materials.

Suntory said it has used Sherry casks since 1924 when its founder Shinjiro Torii first imported barrels from southern Spanish regions to blend his Akadama Sweet Wine.

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