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.
hard to mark because it is so different from Scottish malts ,,, Nose is strong with airfix glue, pine resin, eucalyptus yet sherry sweet.. Similar to Old pultney 21 - smooth sweet arrival but lighter less oily body, short and unremarkable dry finish. This is front loaded and impressive big oak and sherry and retains a lot of panda food thoughts. water exposes floral notes as usual and more wood (why am I thinking bamboo instead of oak, is the source getting to me?) on the nose but doesn't really dent the zesty flavour. Remains medicinal in the finish. Lovely & different but too expensive!
Eucalyptus, toffee, vanilla, cinnamon, strawberry, grape, apricot, cherry, plum, apple sauce, raisins, citrus, tangerine, parsley root, Algae, Sherry, spices, hair tonic, oak (interwoven), nut chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee (cappuccino), pepper, floral scented water, rose water, furniture polish, some peppermint (?), later wood and spicy herbs
fiery (!), and fresh, sherbet (fizzy), vanilla, wood as a background, very spicy, sour cherries, tart apples, citrus, orange juice, dry feeling, lemon peel, coffee, dark chocolate, eucalyptus, salt, soil (?), something pickled plum shell, raw black pepper, peat idea (?), slight bitterness
chocolate, coffee, vanilla, lemon, pure lemon juice, tart, oak background, spice with sharpness, herbs, fruit sweetness in the background, dry palate and simultaneously wet tongue, hair tonic, caramelized apples, bitter oranges, some licorice, peppery, tobacco, leather (?), rum, tangerins, some mint flavour, too.
Very complex nose!
On the tongue fiery - with every drum more and more!
The smooth character of a first class Japanese Single Malt -
very recommendable stuff!
Tasting with FineSpirits_butler1.
(… and with W. Wolf and his friend Wootan Hippo van Rheen.)