The Yamazakura Distillery shut down in 1998, after being merged into Sasanokowa Shozu company which is based in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture and now only produces shochu. This whisky is rumoured to be aged for 15 years in ex-bourbon barrels, then held in containers for 5 years and then back into bourbon and wine casks to finish. Some of the malts in this whisky are as old as 20 years old.
Limited to 2400 bottles. Labelled as a Pure Malt, and one of the rare official releases with the name “Yamazakura”.
Nose – Fresh berries, sweet, woody, minty, nutty, toffee notes.
Palate – Soft, malty, slight sweet and spicy balance.
Finish – Medium. Citrusy with a tannin ending, similar to a bottle of Bordeaux.
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