Japan – 43%ABV – 750ml – $80-100 | £60 | €73
I’ll get right to the point here, I loves me some Japanese whisky. Yamazaki 12yr? Loved it. Nikka Yoichi 12yr? Can I have more? The Yamazaki Sherry cask? I will sin for you. Nikka Yoichi 20yr 1988 vintage? Sweet fancy Moshe!!
This is the tip of the iceberg. Here’s my next new love – The Yamazaki 18yr – a fine sherried whisky.
On the nose – Delicious sherried nose. Spicy as all hell with bursts of cinnamon.
Red grapes and grappa.
That high sweet note that I just love from the Yamazaki whiskies.
A salty note is here – celery salt?
Finally, new leather and pipe tobacco.
Caramels, poached pear (slight).
Fresh lawn mulch.
The mouth feel is so chewylicious…. Not a super winey sherried malt (thank you Suntory!) just, nice.
Oak and tobacco.
Lasting & lovely.
In sum – I haven’t met a Yamazaki I haven’t loved. A finely balanced whisky perfect for the fall time. Watch the leaves fall, throw on a sweater, get ready for the new year (I’m talking Rosh Hashanah here, folks).