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Single Malt Japanese Whisky Sakurao SHERRY CASK STILLMAN’S SELECTION

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(SAKURAO B&D) (formerly known as Chugoku Brewery Co., Ltd.), famous for its SAKURAO GIN, launched a project in 2015 to build a new distillery as part of its 100th anniversary project.

SAKURAO DISTILLERY was born in Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, known as the town of Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage Site, and started operation in January 2018.

In July 2021, 1st Release Cask Strength of Single Malt Japanese Whisky SAKURAO and Single Malt Japanese Whisky TOGAUCHI are launched.

About a year later, the “SAKURAO SHERRY CASK STILLMAN’S SELECTION,” made with the best sherry casks selected by Stillman, and the “SAKURAO SHERRY CASK STILLMAN’S SELECTION,” a watered-down version of the “SAKURAO SHERRY CASK STILLMAN’S SELECTION” were released. Single Malt Japanese Whisky Sakurao” and “Single Malt Japanese Whisky Togouchi” will be released. All were released in limited quantities.


The Bottle

Stillman’s carefully selected sherry casks blended

Stillman, who has tasted many original wines, selected the best SHERRY CASK and blended it.

The aroma with acidity of fresh fruits changes to a bitter aroma reminiscent of high cocoa chocolate, and then to a creamy richness and a dark fruity taste like Pione and American cherries. The subtle peat aroma is also combined with a deep and long finish that gives a sense of depth.



Aroma Fresh fruits, gentle sweetness of milk, bitter chocolate
Taste Bitter sweetness of bitter chocolate, American cherry, creamy richness, some peat
Aftertaste Dark bitter sweetness and richness, peat combined with a deep and long finish.



Alcohol Content 50% alcohol by volume
Distillate Single Malt Japanese Whisky
Cask type Two types of cream sherry casks
Content volume 700ml
Number of bottles sold Limited quantity
Suggested retail price 13,530 yen (tax included)
Release date June 6, 2022



Our Take

Sakurao’s aging warehouse is located by the sea, where there is a large difference in temperature throughout the year. They are making a wide variety of sake while increasing production every year.

This SHERRY CASK is said to be released in limited quantities, but it will be produced again every few months, so the next release is undecided, but those who were unable to obtain it this time still have a chance to purchase it in the future.

SAKURAO DISTILLERY also seems to be steadily producing grain whisky, so we will keep an eye on their future developments.


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