Both of the Japanese won the blind tasting for my taste. This one was also a great sherry bomb with a bit less chocolate than the Hakushu. Less resin also which may seem like a good thing but it removes the complexity. Still very good and one I will seek more of.
Whoa, kinda funky. Cherry sherry and very resinous. Initially I thought it might have a moldy off-note, but that faded and I realized there's just a lot of wood lurking underneath the sherry. I grew to like it a lot.
I found something to be a bit off with this one - slightly foul and moldy tasting initially. It improves towards the finish and quite a bit of sherry and wood come through, but not enough to overcome my initial impression.