Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Whisky Shop W - 1st Anniversary

To celebrate the 1st anniversary of Whisky Shop W, two limited edition single cask bottlings from Suntory will be on offer. The first of the two expressions is a 12-year old Yamazaki, which was distilled in 1998 and aged at the Oomi cellar in sherry butt casks. Whisky Shop W states this single cask Yamazaki is heavily fragranced with raisins, strawberry jam, and caramel with a long and rewarding mouth feel. The 700 ml, 60 percent ABV Yamazaki is limited to 395 bottles with a price tag of 10,000 yen each.

The second expression, certainly much more appealing to me, is the 12-year old Hakushu. This single cask, also distilled in 1998, was carefully aged in bourbon barrels amongst the warehouses of the Hakusyu distillery. This dram is said to feature a fragrance of jasmine, vanilla, and green apple with a long, refreshing, and neat lingering mouth feel. As with the Yamazaki expression, the Hakushu is also a 700ml, 60 percent ABV bottling that will retail at the same price. However, the Hakushu expression is limited to 173 bottles. Both expressions will be available for purchase from September 8th. For online ordering visit Whisky Shop W.

Image obtained from the Whisky Shop W-Suntory website.


  1. Both look very tasty Clint but for me when it comes to cask strenth bottlings Yamazaki trumps Hakushu. I've had some stellar Sherry matured Yamazaki. Given the chance I'd definitely buy both though.

  2. I was going through my list of consumed sherry matured Yamazaki's, not a lot to be honest. Could explain my preference. Perhaps I should try more before I immediately jump on the Hakushu wagon.....yes both bottles would be very welcome.