Yamazaki Sherry Cask

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 nov 2013 9:54 pm

Average value

€ 11251.04

80 × in wishlist

234 × member ratings

401 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Yamazaki Sherry Cask

47 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.83 points

  1. Saftkenner scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I tasted the Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 alongside the 18-year-old Yamazaki, which is one of my all-time favorites. The Sherry Cask really goes one better! Now I understand the hype, but not the price development. The Sherry Cask is darker and delivers significantly more spice than the 18 year old, is also impressively intense. In my opinion, the added value compared to the 18-year-old lies primarily in the higher drinking strength, which means that significantly more aromas are delivered. But of course that's no wonder. Imagine diluting a 25 year old Glengoyne down from 48% to 43%...
    Ultimately, I am very happy that I had the opportunity to taste this bottling despite the moon prices that have been going on for years. It's crazy how this one review by Jim Murray, i.e. the individual opinion of a critic, has turned the prices of almost the entire Japanese whisky world upside down. At around €180, the Yamazaki Sherry Cask still had a very good price-performance ratio when it first appeared. And so, since 2015, the price of the 18-year-old Yamazaki has risen from €130 to almost €600 and there is no improvement in sight. When I think about it, I wish for a time machine...
    There are of course many other malts that offer such an intensity and sherry load, but the European oak seasoning is really something else and is very different from what is offered here...
    I just can't get past Yamazakis. The distillery style is just divine.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Almost bizarrely spicy (in a good way). The alcohol is wonderfully integrated and not noticeable. Oak spice and fruit alternate.
      Pickled cherries and plums, blood orange, cinnamon, vanilla, marzipan, dark chocolate, roasted coffee aromas.
      The distillery character still comes through well and clear parallels to the 18 and even to the 12 Yamazaki catch my eye.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Wonderfully oily and salivating. It feels like the liquid is doubling in the mouth.
      Prunes, cherries, cinnamon, vanilla, full Japanese oak load with lots of spice and little bitterness.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long finish. Cherry, vanilla, prunes, oak, strawberries.
      The sherry is still there when you wake up the next morning.

  2. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant surprise, really fantastic malt that really shows its age compared to other annual releases. So there are still ingenious barrels in these times.
    • Nose
      Already a crass nose, pure cherry juice and plum must, an absolute Haaaaalso color remover, but which smoothly transitions into cherry, pomegranate, after a reasonable time the mini off note is gone and there is beautifully tanned leather, fine cocoa, saffron, some pumpernickel
    • Taste
      Pomegranate, bitter orange, liquorice, cedarwood, mustard plum, cinnamon, saffron, oiled leather, black cherry, ginger, camphor, cumin, nutmeg, gentian, rum raisins, currants, old but not too bitter oak, black truffle
    • Finish
      Pomegranate, hint of spoiled oak, pine nuts, black cherry and walnut, saffron, ginger, walnut oil, tuffle, long

  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Very enjoyable sherry bomb, the best whisky in the world, not too sure about that, reminiscent of 60s macallans even less, but at a more reasonable price point I wouldnt mind a bottle, as the owner of a famous bar in Tokyo once told me, it is great as a party drink.

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    It's actually a very good whisky - typically Yamazaki with some very characteristic notes of oak wood and vanilla. I would say it's very close to great but probably not as brilliant as my current top whiskys. Nevertheless fantastic!
    • Nose
      96 96
      Rich, complex, intensiv, sweet oak and vanilla notes, dried fruits, ripe bananas, citrus fruits, and something leathery and old books, molasses, tobacco, toasted bread - excellent!
    • Taste
      94 94
      Nice wood notes, subtle sweetness, very oily and liquorice, citrus fruits again, tons of dried fruits, plums, dates, figs, espresso, dark chocolate, black tea, cigar tobacco - great!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long and burning, little bit of tannins and a tad bitter in the end

  5. maltaholic scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The first smell was extremely old sherry, almost musty, but after a few minutes it brightens, gets softer, the musty is almost gone. A first sip then reveals why he should be so good, full flavor, sherry, spices, oak. Still heavy, not fruity sweet, rather harsh, anything but I knew so far. Wow!

  6. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nose: intense sherry, very distinct oak notes, a lot of barrel with intense, sherry, dried fruit and leather, spices, quite sweet, but the spicy components balance it well.
    Mouth: strong onset, a lot of draft, really a lot of oak. Amazing that the bittern notes are still limited. Spicy sherry, surprisingly little sweetness, aromas closely interwoven.
    Finish: leather, oak, tobacco, a slight sweetness, but a lot of oak, slightly bitter without becoming too bitter.

    Conclusion: a sherry board in front of the Lord. It is nice that the oak is really present, but surprisingly never gets too strong. That's well done. The style is special, but the whisky is delicious.

  7. ASWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    In the mouth I feel the Yama delicious but more to drink away .. at the right tasting he shows weaknesses as if old superimposed whisky was in there and a slight alcohol note
    mmh, I like them indeed
    • Nose
      ripe dark sherry
      damp wood
      soaked raisins
      Cloves, cinnamon,
      it mixes in the smell old and new
      Vanilla and glue
      with slightly mellow to old wooden barrel
    • Taste
      cool, plumy start,
      Glow on the tongue then almost smoky in the throat
      Bitterness, Wood,
      then sweetness like a fino sherry slight alcohol note !!

    • Finish
      Finish medium
      dry chocolate
      Wood bitter
      in the background raisins in sherry
      after he is gone He comes once again with some wet sweetness

  8. numen scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Extremely graceful, yet bitter and less sweet than a number of its coevals. Excellent.
    • Nose
      Now this is a sherry bomb that really lets itself go. Lots of bitter coffee overlaying prunes, drizzled with little nibs of fig. More espresso. Chocolate liqueur with a maraschino cherry. Decadent and heavily sherried, showing a surprising amount of the heavy and dark elements at what I think is fairly young.
    • Taste
      Initially sweet sherry, almost on a dark and lightly bitter Spanish brandy. Juicy. The darker elements provide excellent balance. Strawberries and thick, drying (still plump) cherries. Then it's all to the browns. More chocolate liqueur laced with ground espresso bitters. A kiss of oak and very dark (99%) cocoa.
    • Finish
      A really fine mix of the fruit, sweet, bitter, and dark flavors. Truly a classic and unabashed sherry profile, more on the lines of an old glory than a young babe, but it's got youthful spirit.

  9. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A touch of acetone immediately after pouring. The Ase develops from slightly musty (old beams, cellar), through light red fruits (red berries) to dark and dried fruits (blackberries, dates).
    Clearly leather, teak, floor wax. A touch of myrrh. Also cinnamon and a subtle note of cloves and aniseed.

    Very gentle on entry, subtle acetone and lots of dark fruit. Leather, milk chocolate. licorice

    A bit bitter here, but only slightly. fruit and leather.


    A delicious Yamazaki, in which I notice the slight acetone note from the nose, which I associate with Yamazaki, but which also comes up with a thick sherry aroma.
    Not overgrown, just light astringency. Nice whisky!

  10. MaltHarvest scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    Simply amazing! I was lucky enough to try this in Marseille while on vacation.
    From the nose to the finish was extraordinary!

  11. Thewowbar1986 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasted this one in...2013 if i remind well...SITS festival in Brussels, Tatsuya Minagawa was the brand ambassador and took care on this yamazaki masterclass...Line up...
    1.Yamazaki puncheon
    2.Yamazaki bourbon barrel
    3.Yamazaki 18
    4.Yamazaki mizunara
    5.Yamazaki sherry
    All 2013 versions...all good whisky and u bought 1 from each, because these were great drinking and sharing whisky's...but nowadays i don't really see why they sky rocket!! For me an 88 pointer, great sherry whisky, but not THE very
    best for me.

  12. whiskystore scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Soy, mushrooms, oak wood, sweet spicy, dades, figs, japan style ( the best of ) Karuizawa? Yochi? Yamazaki? hmm it´s an Yamazaki sherry cask 2013, sherry cask, it is the Japan style on this.

    Conservated dark plums, prunes, hmm this is a pleasent dram.

    Well, this one is special, i went to my local whiskystore ( Systembolaget city ) they had 9 bottles of this at the time, i bought 6 and left 3 bottles for others to enjoy, 2 bottles i give as gift to friends and 4 bottles to drink, nice dram at 88-89p, but then come Murray and all went crazy, the bottles was type of lottery wins and the prices was silly, i drank my bottles and one friend drank his bottle but one friend whom was 50 y ( party ) saved his bottle and still have it in his cabinet, a nice birthday gift and a nice bottle to sell, the price is 20 times silly but a real nice 88-89p whisky

  13. DaviDave did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Was sold two times as a refilled bottle with fake seal on ebay!

    "This nice Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 Whisky is a Decobottle incl. original Box is very hard to find.
    Conditon: full & sealed bottle

    This item is a Decobottle but has good Single Malt inside. "

    02. Okt. 2020 19:59:31 MESZ

    27. Sep. 2020 07:17:19 MESZ

    So be careful with this bottling!

  14. Squinugie scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  15. WheelsOfWhisky did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    What a joke! It was sold at 130th ...
    It is Attali's famous "one-legged pants".

  16. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  17. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  18. detachedblue scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Not bad at all, just don't understand the hype, as always.
    • Nose
      Very rich and jammy, a lot of blackcurrants, fresh grapes, a bit new oak and paint, black chocolates, very salty.
    • Taste
      Very sweet, a lot of pepper, rich and some new oak.
    • Finish
      Long, coffee beans, hot chocolates, and dates.

  19. Ptrck.24.7 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  20. ctu scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Massive woody japanese sherry bomb. Overpriced. It's grotesque, but good.
    • Nose
      Big sherry, prune, forest fruits, caramel, vanilla, banana, antique leather and spicy oak.
    • Taste
      Bittersweet. Big sherry and oak. Citruses, candied orange peel, fruit liqueurs and acidic red wines.
    • Finish
      Long, bittersweet.

  21. Kumachan scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    At 150 - 180 € a big yes. Otherwise .... no. If it had to be assigned a grade: Subjectively a 90
    • Nose
      The dress is beautiful, we will lose in the face of a light. .. beautiful brown eyes. Splendid, the bouquet is infinite, it's a moment an aged red wine with notes of cedar, jammy blackcurrant, a banyuls, with walnuts, grilled, bitter cocoa, dried pruno, raisin to the brandy, cherry. The evolution over 30 minutes amplifies, towards notes of earth, candied orange, dry apricot. A rare moment!
    • Taste
      The violin is tuned and in the mouth a beautiful concert! Roasted and toasted notes, dried fruit, fig, black cherries, nuts. Fat and the material present. A light chilli.
    • Finish
      It is perfectly balanced, the finish is long on saline notes, reglissé almost iodized.

  22. wisekyofcourse did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    On the nose, old wood a little soggy, dusty leather, sweet vanilla and black fruit macerated immediately!

  23. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A difficult one to score because like many of the Japanese offering  its very sherried and very woody but  I like the mouthfeel its  what I would call Luscious like a Macallan 25 sherry on steroids but less rounded?????

    I have kept the price at 85 so as not to distort the true score because being honest this would be around 50 on current so called value, strictly speaking whisky like this on a quality/price ratio is very poor but hey that's the whisky world we live in.

    As for being the best whisky in the world 2015 , well its utter rubbish of course.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      85 85

  24. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A Jekyll & Hyde malt for me, too bitter in parts to be really good but quite thick and Luscious on the palate which probably wins out in the end.
    • Nose
      Treacle toffee, dark plum, soy sauce, vanilla, banoffee pie, black cherry, blueberry.
    • Taste
      Bitter wood mixed in with rich sherry at first, plum skins, thick caramel, full bodied red wine (residue).

      On the one hand it has the usual Yamazaki woody bitterness and on the other a nice creamy mouthfeel with an array of rich flavours.
    • Finish
      Long, fizzy with the bitterness receding.

  25. megabreit scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Personally too sherrylastig, but overall quite yummy. Impressed by the long dry finish
    • Nose
      dark sherry, furniture polish, cigar box
    • Taste
      dark fruits, oak, mint
    • Finish
      Long and dry without losing the fruitiness. He develops a pleasant dust note

  26. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    On the nose, it's Japan! (Very clever comment for the one who has never tasted Japanese whisky) Sherry delicate and deep at the same time. Subtle wine and chocolate. Later coffee and honey. But what I remember most are the spicy and "solvated" odors that I appreciate in a bourbon. Surprising! In the mouth, powerful but without any violence, it is the caramel and the wood which are distinguished. Final where sherry expresses itself with sugar and also a lot of drought. Water ... does not reveal anything. Like what he was bottled exactly for the right title!

    Enthusiasm 4/5

  27. Claudio + Cats scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This whisky is not bad, but the price is off limits. I am quite used to paying a lot of money for Yamazaki whisky. I love sherry whiskys, but I sold mine except for one. The Yamazaki 25 is better by classes. I prefer even the 18yr, as well as the very good SMWS 114.19. The 2009 Sherry Cask is a bit darker but not bad either. You can buy it as a 3cl-Simple with me. Costs, however, given the bottle price a few euros more. Well. You have to interpret something for it. Write to me, have not sold unrestricted and the last full bottle Since Murray nominated the Northern Harvest Rye a year later, I really doubt him. This fuselage never has the quality of the Yamazaki Sherry Cask and up to the quality of the Yamazaki 25yr, lie millions of light-years. He is good for barbecue or as a spice cake. To. You have to be a masochist to drink. Have tried the 1x, poured out half of the glass. I do not have to do that to myself. I would not even pay 100 euros for a whole barrel. My car probably will not work with it. Maybe a Russian tank.
    on New German: That's nothing for you, vil too expensive. You can buy tepich and 3 camels, buy nöie aische on bazaar. better buy cherry at Aldi, and make pure old smuggler, is wisgi for 15 Öiro, almost no matter that. Only packing felt, therefore less töier than the Iamasaki hot, or something.

  28. franpincoffee did not rate this whisky Expert Senior


    This single malt was ranked by Jim Murray as the World’s Best Whisky in his 2015 edition of the Whisky Bible, and was available only in Europe and Japan. The Spanish Oak ex-sherry casks give it a nose full of raisins, dark chocolate, fig cookies, red grapes, and a subtle oakiness. The taste has a good balance with a very dry mouthfeel and intense spicy notes of clove, allspice and a hint of cinnamon balanced by marzipan, figs, dry red wine, and raisins for an amazingly complex palate. The finish is dry and long with gently fading spices and lingering touches of figs, raisins, and oak sawdust. An outstanding whisky!

  29. bull10298 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Whisky-pages regulars will be aware of our respect for Japanese whiskies and our
    affection for Sherried single malts, so by way of a New Year indulgence,
    January?s Whisky of the Month is Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask. This bottling
    was launched last year, and while it carries no age statement, it actually
    comprises whiskies averaging from 12 to 15 years of age. All have been matured
    in first-fill ex-Oloroso Sherry butts, and 16,000 bottles have been released
    worldwide. The nose features sweet, rounded, luscious Sherry notes, with ripe
    plums and background coffee beans and allspice. The palate offers sweet and sour
    flavours, rich, dark fruits and plain chocolate. The finish is long, with
    chocolate-coated raisins and a hint of liquorice. As with so many Japanese
    whiskies, a harmonious, ensemble effect.



  30. Dramlicious did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Japanese whisky, formerly priced at around 120-150€, costs now up to 2000€ after it was awarded as the "World Whisky of the Year - 2015" by Jim Murray.

    But, all the hype put aside, how good is this whisky really? You can find the answer (or at least my personal opinion) here:


  31. Cicero did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    very, very tasty
    • Nose
      very creamy in the glass
      deep dark, fruity, juicy
      Grapes, raisins, coffee
      very pleasant
    • Taste
      fat, juicy sherry
      strong start, but everything is perfectly integrated
      otherwise very sweet in the mouth, dark fruits and delicate bitter notes
      The finish is also delicious, but could be a bit more intense
      after the second sip, the finish becomes longer and stays warm in the mouth

      with a few drops of water:
      the nose does not change much
      In the mouth now the dark bitter oak notes emerge stronger without displacing the juicy fruits. Very beautiful

  32. Helgo scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  33. LordBellamy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: ingenious, rich sherry, raisins, dark fruits, plum, nougat, sherry is massive, but well integrated Taste: intense sherry nuts, toffee, hazelnut Finish: medium, sherry, light bitterness, dark sweetness No water, too thin Conclusion: finally again a really good sherry whisky, even if the sherry is almost too strong. The nose is the best, the taste decreases, otherwise he would have gotten 12 points more from me. Overall, a round whisky, but not an absolute high flyer, as a single journalist from England has written. 89 points

  34. WhiskyCask did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Tasting a previous version of this expression and asking is this REALLY the best whisky in the world?

    To see the surprising answer: http://maltandoak.com/?p=1519

  35. diomalt scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Best whisky in the world according to Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015.

  36. p4blo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great nose, full body and nice complexity. Very graceful and elegant. Whisky of the year? I beg to differ.
    • Nose
      Cherries, prunes, dates, raisins, the fruity side dominates, but the notes of coffee and toffee are apparent too. Very complex and elegant. Old-style sherry.
    • Taste
      Sweet, definitely sweet. The dark fruity notes are nicely balanced by the virgin oak and lighter notes of toffee and caramel.
    • Finish
      Medium long, spicy, toffee and caramel leave a nice impression.

  37. BlazinDirty did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    The aroma is amazing! One of the tastiest sherry noses I've ever had! There is a lot of coffee and roasted aromas!

    The taste is a bit divided. After the nose, I expected more. Slightly flat, very dry, no sweetness, some fruits, some wood.

  38. cavalier66 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Advance press releases suggest that this is Jim Murray's World Whisky  the Year 2015.  For what that's worth...

  39. ricallende scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  40. Alex scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very fruity and clear defined sherry flavours embedded in prominent oriental oak spices from clean and high quality sherry wood. A very tasty dram with a quite unique taste profile for sherry lovers.

  41. Snerik scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Ooh, it's a sherry bomb this. LOADS of raisins, cloves, vanilla, clementine and grape jam. There's also a bit of toffee and chocolate Very sweet, and quite balanced.  
    • Taste
      More raisins, pepper. Quite dry and a bit oaky. Here's also some orange zest and again some nice, chocolate. 
    • Finish
      Some walnut, some raisin. A very nice, subtle milk chocolate note in the background. I get quite an oaky finish, but it's very balanced and enjoyable. 

  42. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    ‘At times - sensational’
    N: Noticeably dark in colour. On the nose, coffee liqueur, wood, vine cherry tomatoes, molasses toffee [but not sickly sweet], more dry sherry and fruit pectins. Additionally - chilli pepper, wasabi, Baileys, icing and yet more toffee.
    T: Dry, peppery, sweet wood tannins. The arrival is initially dominated by wood, very dry sherry, and is exceptionally peppery but water helps. After time it opened out revealing coffee ice-cream, sweet cabbage, jam, marmalade, simplifying over time to express its sweeter nature.
    F: Sweeter caramels eventually ease through the pepper which evolves into bitter woody herbal notes. Challenging but not at all unpleasant. Smoky wood ash and dried sawdust hues at the death but if you work through it the toffee and cream is always there. The finish lasted around an hour
    C: This is a demanding whisky, [not for beginners] and at times - sensational. I will buy if its not too ridiculous in price. The long finish was the clincher.

    Scores a B+

  43. Kim4fan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  44. gerrit de guru scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very balanced and quite refined sherry.
    I like the dry, bitter taste in the finish.
    Take your time with this one, you will be rewarded with delicate sherry notes and some sort of bitter freshness. If it had a little more body it would have been 92 pts.

  45. Titi94 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at the same time as the Hakushu 2013 Sherry Cask Whisky.

    Very nice and pleasant sherried whisky. Delicate sweetness (nose and palate). More sweet, sour, less oaky than the Hakushu 2013. Very good!

    For this price, both are very good whiskies.

  46. getz scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 is a very tasty whisky bottled at 48% after extensive maturation in sherry casks. Previous version have been big hits at various whisky awards and this one should continue that tradition

  47. KAPITEIN KIPVIS did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The booklet`s (that comes with it) tasting notes:

    Colour: deep bronze

    Aroma: raisins, ripe melons, chocolates

    Taste: sweet & mild, slight bitterness

    Finish: delicate sweetness, slight bitterness that extends pleasantly


Add tasting tags by clicking the flavours you recognized in this whisky.


Whiskybase was founded in 2007 with the goal to create the biggest resource of whisky information in the world. A community driven website built by and for whisky enthusiasts.  

Whiskybase B.V. 
Zwaanshals 530 
3035 KS Rotterdam 
The Netherlands 

KVK: 52072819
VAT: NL850288836B01

Copyright © 2022

Forgot your password?