Yamazaki Sherry Cask (2016 Edition), 48%

Price: $300 Issue: Summer 2016 Reviewer: Dave Broom

I tried this alongside the ‘legendary' 2013 which, while good, remains too tannic for me. This though, has refinement and some complexity, with roasted tea, scented wood, resin, new brogues, and then the fruity Yamazaki undertow. In time you'll get perfumed, incense-like sherried elements. It's the finish where things take off into rose petal, strawberry, and Yamazaki's pineapple signature. Water increases the tannin. Better than 2013, but still only for sherry bomb and tannin lovers.