Ultimately, I am very happy that I had the opportunity to taste this bottling despite the moon prices that have been going on for years. It's crazy how this one review by Jim Murray, i.e. the individual opinion of a critic, has turned the prices of almost the entire Japanese whisky world upside down. At around €180, the Yamazaki Sherry Cask still had a very good price-performance ratio when it first appeared. And so, since 2015, the price of the 18-year-old Yamazaki has risen from €130 to almost €600 and there is no improvement in sight. When I think about it, I wish for a time machine...
There are of course many other malts that offer such an intensity and sherry load, but the European oak seasoning is really something else and is very different from what is offered here...
I just can't get past Yamazakis. The distillery style is just divine.
Almost bizarrely spicy (in a good way). The alcohol is wonderfully integrated and not noticeable. Oak spice and fruit alternate.
Pickled cherries and plums, blood orange, cinnamon, vanilla, marzipan, dark chocolate, roasted coffee aromas.
The distillery character still comes through well and clear parallels to the 18 and even to the 12 Yamazaki catch my eye.
Wonderfully oily and salivating. It feels like the liquid is doubling in the mouth.
Prunes, cherries, cinnamon, vanilla, full Japanese oak load with lots of spice and little bitterness.
Long finish. Cherry, vanilla, prunes, oak, strawberries.
The sherry is still there when you wake up the next morning.