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.
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!