A complex and evolving older dram at perfect drinking strength.
William Grant & Sons
Grand Yozakura 29 Years Old
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Overripe, fermenting pineapple. Flour, water, and yeast. Subtle herbs: clapped basil and thyme. Subtle violin rosin and the pear drop of higher alcohols. Under this, malt powder and lime zest.
Palate: Medium. Basil and thyme. Rice paper and sourdough. Concentrated, zingy citrus fruits, like overripe lemons and limes. It dilutes on the palate and white chocolate emerges, then becomes oily.
Finish: Medium. On white chocolate and sesame oil, veering close to pork fat.
Comment: A complex and evolving older dram at perfect drinking strength.
Nose: Mahogany candle, rich vanilla crème brûlée, and peach iced tea. Hints of raw cup mushroom and dried thyme. Baked apricot and nectarine, and a little grapefruit peel. Raw sponge cake batter.
Palate: Full. Fresh herbs, notably oregano and sage. Cooked courgette, aubergine, and caramelised onion. Then pumpernickel bread, sweet black tea, toffee sauce, and gingersnap biscuit.
Finish: Medium. Buttery coconut cookie, moving into shortbread, and more herbal spice.
Comment: Deliciously complex, with lots of lovely things to explore.
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