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The Kurayoshi Pure Malt 'Sherry Cask' is a Japanese Whiskey produced by the Matsui Whisky. Aged in oak barrels for over 3 years, and then finished in sherry barrels. The nose expresses notes of ripe fruit and chocolate. The palate imitates the nose with further notes of citrus and lemongrass. Sweetness and acidity are elegantly balanced. The light finish is a reference to the pure Tottori spring water used during distillation.
Founded in 1910, Matsui Shuzo is located in the Tottori Prefecture, Northwest of Kyoto and Northeast of Hiroshima, on the shore of the Sea of Japan. Over 14% of the prefecture is a Natural park, packed with lush vegetation, rugged coastlines, rivers, and lakes.
To be clear, Matsui Shuzo is known in Japan as both a sake brewery and shochu distillery. While the juice in Kurayoshi is 100% malted barley, the spirits themselves have been sourced from distilleries around Scotland before making their journey to Japan, where they are blended with Japanese-distilled malted barley then aged (3-18 years). The whisky is then proofed down with the famously soft ground waters of Tottori Prefecture. All expressions of Kurayoshi are non-chill filtered, with no caramel added, and over 40% ABV.