Hakata 16yr Sherry Cask Japanese Whisky

Hakata 16yr 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.

96pts, Whisky Advocate: "A spectacular drink that opens with aromas of Seville orange marmalade, milk chocolate, ground pepper, barley, and soft rounded oak, with an underlying dryness from the sherry. The umami notes are there, but are more integrated than other Hakata. An oily texture bursting with bitter plain chocolate, citrus oil, fresh walnut, black cherry, pepper, and ground ginger, develops an underlying creaminess and serves up a hazelnut finish."

Painted beyond the canvas, this expression has no limits allowing each note to bend beyond its lane producing a truly unique experience.

Caramelized coconut, big Oak (like walking through a cask warehouse), touch of char, powdered sugar, and white peach.

Toasted Creme Brûlée, creamy, hint of unripe pear, roasted almonds, and white raisins.

The minerality is present and complimentary. longer finish that is both sweet and tangy, umami.

42% ABV