Very, very condensed at first, but with plenty of glue and nail polish remover. Very characteristic for Japanese whiskies. Or so I've been told :) If you give it time in the glass, it will reward you. Lots of green banana, brown sugar, red apple. Also mango, apricot, dates and raisins. Some sweet rum, peach and a hint of soy. Very complex. Big thumbs up!
Tobacco and cinnamon, along with some cloves. The nose is sweeter than the palate appears to be. Coffee, nutmeg and bitter orange. Creamy and mouth coating with some tannins.
Long, meaty and dry with some wood spices.
That nose! Wow, very good. The palate is a bit more pedestrian though. But it can't be denied that this is a very good whisky. Just shy of scoring 90 points in my book.
Complex, thick and oily with notes of citrus, red apple, orange, apricot, raspberry, Maraschino cherry, peach, vanilla, raisins, figs, dates, cinnamon, caramel, maple syrup, cereal, chocolate, thyme, mint, eucalyptus, camphor, flowers, perfume, a hint of sherry, leather, spicy Mizunara oak and a hint of peat.
Creamy with lots of tannins and notes of citrus, bitter orange, blueberry, raspberry, fig, rum and raisins, dates, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, almond, caramel, dark chocolate, dark coffee beans, mocha, malt, slightly Sherry , eucalyptus and resinous Mizunara wood.
Long and dry with notes of citrus, raspberry, cereal, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, a little sherry, coffee, peat, easy iodine, Mizunara oak and smoke.
Drank next to the Yamazaki 1984 and Karuizawa NOH multi vintage. Color is medium amber.
Nose: leather, maple syrup, sweet dark fruits. Less oaky than the Yamazaki 1984 but no less enjoyable, if not better.
Taste: pleasant pie spices (cinnamon, clove) with vanilla beans to boot. leather and some fruity sherry like notes. again, less oak than the other two. nice sweet notes throughout with good "old" flavors.
Overall: I prefer this to the Yamazaki 1984, despite the large price difference. more of an everyday pour, and it actually seems a bit thicker than the 1984. I hate to say it but the NOH wipers out both of these.
Superbly condensed nose, almost like syrup. Full flavour of vanila, honey, apricot, banana, coconut, wood schavings, pinetree resin, leather and a small hint of smoke. Perfectly balanced and very soft.
Very sweet and fruity with a steady development into oak wood, furniture polish and leather.
Progresses slowly into the finish which is long, dry and slightly tarry.
Excellent. Just excellent. Could use higher ABV though!
Yamazaki 18 yo (43%, OB, +/-2010) Another expression that I haven’t tried since 2005 or 2006… But I always loved the 18. Colour: amber. Nose: ah yes, now I remember why I always loved the 18. Perfect balance between richness and sleekness, with myriads of tiny aromas that make it very complex. Many herbs (mint and eucalyptus as often but also sage, rosemary, touches of camphor…) then many fruits, most dried (dates, sultanas), then fabulous whiffs of old pu-erh tea (humus and leather), then old rum, maple syrup, jams… Oh well, it’s really fantastic. Mouth: perfect body even after a whisky that was stronger, with an oiliness, some tea, a little leather, cardamom, other spices, sherry… Granted, it’s probably a little oaky and tannic but it can stand that. Also bitter oranges, ‘green‘ spices, more tea, cinnamon… Finish: medium long, with more berries. Blackcurrants and rich pipe tobacco. Comments: I guess it’s hard to make much more out of 18yo and 43% vol.SGP:652 - 89 points.