The Yamazaki

Aged 18 Years

ABV 43%
REVIEWED Issue 13, Issue 26, Issue 56
Brand: The Yamazaki
Expression: Aged 18 Years
Type: Japan Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 18 years old
ABV: 43%
Country/Region: Japan
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Issue 56
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Yamazaki Distillery, 5-2-1 Yamazaki, Shimamoto-cho, Mishima-gun, Osaka, , Japan
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Rich and slightly sweet though with a balanced oakiness. Walk in the woods: apple and violet, an old log cabin in the summer heat.
Palate: Though lighter than the nose suggests this has class. Leafy, almost mossy. Pine woods, violet again and a dusty rooty quality but sufficient sweetness to add depth and complexity.
Finish: Good length. Pomegranate.
Comment: This is a real jump in quality and shows great finesse.
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Malty with a floral note (meadow flowers). Toasted oatmeal. A touch of salty butter. On time displays richer aromas. Toffee, liquorice. Apple flan.
Palate: Sweet and smooth. Pear poached in syrup. Estery. Oak envelops fruit in a firm, dry and grippy veil, releasing spices.
Finish: Long, dry and spicy.
Comment: Surprisingly, water tones the oaky flavours down, bringing out more malty sweetness. Quite a self-indulgent dram.
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Slick and fruity (toffee apple), becoming buttery with water. Malt, nuts, sesame oil and some sherried notes. Plenty going on.
Palate: Rounded and soft with a burst of spiciness mid-palate. There's some smoke as well. Complex and soft with excellent balance.
Finish: Dry, a little short?
Comment: Strikes an excellent balance between those spicy high tones and a sweet but nutty palate. A little slick.
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Cream. Toffee.
Palate: Spicy. Complex. Maple syrup. Fruity, cinnamon. Brown sugar, baclava pastry.
Finish: Balancing dryness. Very slight woodiness. Firm, gripping.
Comment: Well-balanced. Full of flavour.
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Quite assertive. Sherry, oily, nutty.
Palate: Nutty, sweet, chewy. Cinnamon. Toast.
Finish: Oily, perfumy. Cypress? Sweet leaves. A hint of peat. A touch of oak.
Comment: Big flavours, and a lot happening, but could be rounder.
Taster   Jim Murray
Nose: Sweet with a beeswaxy texture.
Palate: A slightly battered array of oaky notes limps alongside the strained malt.
Finish: Superficial smoky malt notes but out of sorts.
Comment: The nose is outstanding, but not a patch on Hibiki 21.
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