Japanese whiskies are nowadays either fake or ridiculously expensive, and even NAS expressions like the Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve are hard to find. Fruity, rich and not overtly young, the nose offers papaya, exotic spices and lemon cream, enriched by sandalwood, peach and a floral scent. The arrival has a bit of a nip, but the taste quickly improves with notes of strawberries, grapefruit and menthol. Peppery spices, tannins and evolving dryness from the Bordeaux casks drive the intense finish. It's a very decent dram, although light years behind the 12-year-old.
RATING: 3.7/5.0 stars ≙ 85 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE [+]
Aroma dried apricot, grapefruit peel, lemon biscuit, pleasant fruity spirit. Lots more apricot.
Taste is easy, rounded, good balance of spirit and wood and bottled at a good ABV for the character. Touch of eggnog. Indistinct fruits and biscuits. Fruity Japanese character with a little touch of char and black pepper into the finish.
The sort of whisky that you finish drinking before you've finished thinking about the whisky. You could just drink lots of this. 3.55/85
Loads of fresh red berries intermingled with orchard fruits and vanilla. Ginger. A little floral. Hint of chocolate. A wonderfully balanced dram let down slightly by a confectionery cherry note on the finish. Thankfully a couple of drops of water mellows the cherry note, though that comes at the expense of a slightly lighter mouthfeel. Wow, this took me by surprise. Delicious.
A nice bottling that closes the gap between the 10-year-old and the 12-year-old. A little better and also more complex than the 10-year-old, but less complex and full than the 12-year-old. The red wine barrels provide that "certain something". In 2016 I got a bottle for 65 € from a dealer in Austria. It now costs almost as much as the 12-year-old. You have to think carefully about it ... As a supplement, it is quite nice.
Needs warmth to open up. Then very nice flowery and fruity. Orange, vanilla, cinnamon, mint, ripe cherries and red currants, peach, light oak spice.
Orange, cherry, honey, oak seasoning, pickled strawberries here come the red wine barrels ...), beeswax, cinnamon and mango.
Medium-long finish. What remains is a slight oiliness with vanilla, cherry and oak spice.
This whisky is a rather non-descript Japanese whisky. BUT... BUT... if you leave it set for an hour or so the nose turns into the richest caramel nose of any whisky I've ever had. Currently I can pick this bottle up for ~110 Euro... and it might be worth it just for the nose.
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