Hakata 18 Years Old Sherry Cask Whisky (Japan) [WA 94] [WE 94] [USC 93]

Hakata 18 Years Old Sherry Cask Whisky
(Japan) [WA 94] [WE 94] [USC 93]

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Regular price $271.99 Sale price $177.97 Save $94.02

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About the Whisky:

Hakata Whisky is distilled and matured in Fukuoka, Japan by the Hikari Distillery (which was founded in 1912). The mash of the whisky is 100% barley. A fraction of this barley has been fermented with Koji providing healthy enzymes for fermentation and creating the highly sought after and delicious, savory taste known as Umami.  

The Sherry casks this whisky is aged in are kept in traditional style warehouses as well as a few open-air warehouses where they are exposed to humid summertime temperatures of 95 °F and winter temperatures of around 38 °F.  As a result, the whisky is bold and almost classical in flavor; retaining a freshness that is truly unique. 

Hakata appeals to the most discerning whisky drinker as well as the casual enthusiast.  The Sherry casks play a dominant role in this spirit, where Oak & Umami glosses over the palette and hugs the sides of the tongue. Its striking textural element and complex flavor take you on a timeless, elegant, and classic journey from beginning to end.

Glorious and decadent. Become completely immersed within lavished luxury delivered by massive essence, style, and flavor.

Tasting Notes:

  • Nose: This whisky is massive. Dark cherry, cola, incredible Sherry influence, roses.
  • Palate: Tart cherries, dates, Sherry, graham cracker, exceptionally smooth. Umami dominates the palate.
  • Finish: Vanilla, very old Oak, fresh berries. The longest finish of the range


94 Points - Whisky Advocate

"An intensity of aromas with chocolate brownie, black currant cassis, wood spices, dark soy sauce, and worn leather; some lemongrass and spring onion freshness, the umami and oak notes reach equilibrium. Dark sticky sherry notes on the palate, with raisin, leather, dried fig, prune, and dark chocolate, spinning away with an umami phase before the sherry notes become dry and mouth- drawing. The finish is long, with leather and walnut oil."

94 Points - Wine Enthusiast

"Look for a deep amber hue and aromas of oak, dried cherry and maple. The rich palate includes dried fig, raisin and prune drizzled with molasses, and finishing with hints of almond and clove."

93 Points, Excellent/Highly Recommended - Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2023

"Pouring a deep mahogany in the glass with lilting aromas of coffee grounds, roasted hazelnut, smoked cherries, and cocoa nibs. The palate is stern and savory, with dark, earthen notes of roasted meats, chocolate covered espresso beans, and cedar."