Matsui Kurayoshi Pure Malt Sherry Cask /43%/ –
Matsui Shuzo Distillery was founded in 1910 in Tottori Prefecture on southwestern Honshu. It is part of Matsui Breweries, which makes traditional Japanese sake and shōchu. The company also produces malt whisky under Kurayoshi brand and grain whisky under Tottori nameplate. Kurayoshi Pure Malt Sherry Cask was introduced in Japan in the spring of 2016. Little is known about its formula; it comprises malt whiskies sourced from distilleries around Scotland and vatted with Japanese malt whisky. After vatting process is completed the whisky is cut to proof with pure local water filtered through volcanic rocks. In 2017 the company installed a pair of small copper pot stills and started distillation of its own whisky.
Nose: malty and nutty, porridge, walnuts, almond croissants, chocolate truffles, caramel, cherries, plums and hints of lemon grass.
Palate: breakfast cereals, milk chocolate, peanut butter, raisins, mixed berries marmalade and touch of lemon peel.
Finish: medium long, with notes of roasted nuts, breakfast cereals, caramel and raisins.