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Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 scheduled for February release

Published:  13 January, 2016

Japanese drinks group Suntory has announced the release of its Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 whisky on February 1.

The release follows on from the highly acclaimed Sherry Cask 2013, which was named World Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray's 2015 Whisky Bible.

The 2016 uses the same base of whiskies as the 2013 release. Aside from a further two years of aging, these have also been blended by chief blender Shinji Fukuyo with a number of rare sherry cask single malts, some of which are more than 25 years old.

Fukuyo visited Northern Spain to oversee the selection of oak for the olorosa casks, as well as the charring and sherry-ageing process.

Suntory will be producing 5,000 bottles of the Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016, which has an abv of 48% and is likely to retail for around £210.

Suntory has been using sherry casks in its whisky production since 1924.

It merged with US bourbon manufacturer Beam to form Beam Suntory in 2014.