1982 Kawasaki Sherry Cask #4711 Single Grain 65.3%

A highly collectable grain whisky from the rarely seen Kawasaki Distillery, which closed down but whose remaining casks were rescued by Ichiro Akuto (Hanyu and Chichibu). Distilled in 1982, aged in a single Sherry butt, bottled at cask strength at around 28 years old. One of only 669 bottles and with a huge score of 95.5 points from Jim Murray, who calls it “classic”, “near perfect” and “very much alive and kicking.”

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Average critic rating : 95.5 points



Nose: clean thick grape offering several layers of depth and intensity. Salty and sharp, too. My god, this is very much alive and kicking… Taste: classic! Faultless grape arm in arm with rich, fruity fudge. Some spices arrive on impact and slowly spread out with the marauding sugars. Finish: chocolate fudge and garibaldi biscuit… carried far on usual oils for a grain… amazing! Balance: my usual reaction to seeing the words “sherry” and “whisky” when in the context of Japanese whisky, is to feel the heart sinking like the sun. Sulphur is a problem that is no stranger to their whiskies. This, however, is a near perfect sherry butt, clean and invigorating. Grain or malt, it makes no difference: excellent spirit plus excellent cask equals (as often as not) magnificence.


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