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Yamazaki Limited Edition 2014

Overall rating 96 votes 88.94
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2014
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
03 May 2014 7:38 pm by hiro

390 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 22
Taste 23
Finish 22
Balance 22

Tastingtags

10 Notes

maltsabine
Member Senior maltsabine Review note
02 Feb 2017 2:29 pm
maltsabine gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
89.7
Nose
90
Initial taste
91
Body
89
Finish
90
Price
86
Presentation
91
dram-drinker
Moderator dram-drinker Review note
12 Apr 2016 8:16 pm
dram-drinker gave this whisky 91 points
Weighted Rate
91.1
Nose
92
Initial taste
91
Body
92
Finish
89
Price
88
Presentation
95
dram-drinker
Moderator dram-drinker Tasting note
12 Apr 2016 8:41 pm
dram-drinker gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Burnished
Nose

Fresh, citrus fruits, passion fruits, tropical fruits, touch of sweet vanilla and oak wood, sugar and honey

Taste

Oily and liquorice, fruity like citrus fruits, oranges, mint drops, ginger, spices, peppery

Finish

Long and warm, very smooth

Comments

Very nice - actually pretty good - if it had more abv it would really remind me on some great old owner casks of Yamazaki

ovanpuyvelde
Expert Senior ovanpuyvelde Review note
07 Mar 2016 8:26 pm
ovanpuyvelde gave this whisky 87 points

This would be a great daily dream if it wasn't so damn expensive (200€ a bottle)... Easy drinking, fresh and fruity. The lower ABV of 43% didn't bother me at all. Since this is so expensive, I'll take Teeling Single Malt or Balblair 1997 as a good alternative for daily dram.

Weighted Rate
86.9
Nose
88
Initial taste
89
Body
88
Finish
87
Price
78
Presentation
87
maltaholic
Connoisseur maltaholic Note
11 Jan 2016 2:22 am
maltaholic gave this whisky 90 points

Mann riecht der lecker, stark nach Vanille und extrem nach Sherry. Die Farbe ist dunkel und so schmeckt der auch. Sehr harmonisch, rund im Geschmack. Einfach klasse!

dram-drinker
Moderator dram-drinker Note
23 Dec 2015 1:52 pm
dram-drinker gave this whisky 91 points

Fresh and fruity with decent wood notes. There is even a little nutty and leathery taste and the subtle sweetness makes it very enjoyable. Good stuff!

mandragoru
Expert Senior mandragoru Note
31 Oct 2015 1:55 pm
wekke
Expert Senior wekke Note
24 Oct 2015 10:20 pm

A limited edition of Yamazaki released in 2014.  A perfect daily dram.  While this is a No-Age whisky, Suntory has disclosed the whisky consists of 3 types of malt: 20-year-old Yamazaki whiskies aged in sherry casks; 20-year-old Yamazaki whiskies aged in ex-port casks; and a younger Yamazaki malt matured in American oak casks.

“I like my whisky old and my women young.”
ChungLin
Member Senior ChungLin Note
22 May 2014 8:07 pm

A fancy bottle like 1984 vintage uses of some old rare malt (port casks from yamazaki!), all at a reasonable price.  

darren918jp
Member Senior darren918jp Note
22 May 2014 7:15 pm
darren918jp gave this whisky 88 points

Nice berry notes all around and decent presence for a 43% bottling (there is alcoholic heat on the nose at 43%), with a decent good balance between wood and spirit.

Some old (over 20yo) sherry and port casks were used for this bottling. 
There is some nuttiness and wood spice mid-palate that opens up onto a brief swell of cocoa, followoed by some smoked meatiness, after which the tannins reassert themselves, but the fruit not without some persistence into the drying finish.
This lacks the lugubriousness found in some of the single cask sherry-aged Yamazaki, but it is enjoyable in its lightness and the vatting does a good job at keeping everything working together. More specifically, this vatting has piqued my interest in a single-cask port finished Yamazaki.
These affordable and accessible special edition vattings are interesting and highly welcome, though.

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