Yamazaki 18 Year Old
With there being lots of interest in yamazaki after last years whisky bible believing that a yamazaki sherry cask was the best whisky in the world (for that year) the prices have gone through the roof for the whole range so I went back to this sample sent by my friend Joe (@whiskytube) of the Whisky Wednesday Youtube Channel a couple of years back (yeah I am still that far behind with some samples).
This is a sweetness overload in a glass without being too much, there's none of the spicyness that comes with many sherried whiskies, but not as much vanilla as I would have expected from ex bourbon.
This is a cracking dram, and one that rightly deserves its place as being named a great whisky.
Thanks again to Joe (@whiskytube) for the sample.
I'm struck first by a beeswax furniture polish note, much much sweeter than Mr sheen, a hint of cafe latte, lots of honey in there, deep dark juicy fresh fruits, plum, nectarine, peach and lovely sweet vanilla, hints of dark chocolate in the background, but this is sweet, not bitter.
More of the beeswax furniture polish and honey, mixing with a touch of digestive biscuit and a splash of very sweet sherry soaked raisins and sultanas. More of that fresh fruit with a creaminess and hints of vanilla essence,
Sweet, oh so sweet, vanilla, honey, beeswax
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