Hakata 12yr Sherry Cask Japanese Whisky

Hakata 12yr Sherry Cask Japanese Whisky

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Hakata Whisky is distilled and matured in Fukuoka, Japan by the Hikari Distillery (which was founded in 1912). The mash of the whisky is 100% barley. A fraction of this barley has been fermented with Koji providing healthy enzymes for fermentation and creating the highly sought after and delicious, savory taste known as Umami.

The Sherry casks this whisky is aged in are kept in traditional style warehouses as well as a few open-air warehouses where they are exposed to humid summertime temperatures of 95°F and winter temperatures of around 38°F. As a result, the whisky is bold and almost classical in flavor, retaining a freshness that is truly unique.

Hakata appeals to the most discerning whisky drinker as well as the casual enthusiast. The Sherry casks play a dominant role in this spirit, where Oak & Umami glosses over the palate and hugs the sides of the tongue. Its striking textural element and complex flavor take you on a timeless, elegant, and classic journey from beginning to end.

A true workhorse of the collection, the full flavor and authentic spirit-forward character of the Hakata 10 year old whisky introduces the distillery tone and elements in pure potential fashion.

95pts, Whisky Advocate: "Fleeting vegetal aromas of bok choy, with ground ginger, coffee bean, and marron glacé. The umami is strong on this one, but there’s balance on the nose from black forest gateau notes and a hint of oak astringency. Raisin and black cherry flavors draw on a deep pool of umami notes, with soy sauce, shredded ginger, balsamic vinegar, plain chocolate, and a growing presence of oak tannins."

Oak & Umami defined, a classic incantation between koji and malt creates complete balance within harmony and spice.

Champagne, dried plums, sweet dates, big.

Stewed fruit, caramelized orchard fruit, and apple cider with Sherry, of course.

Sweet with a citrus quench. Playful and asks for a second sip.

42% ABV