Yamazaki 12 Year Old Whisky 43%
This 12 year old from Yamazaki first came onto the market in 1984 and was the first seriously marketed Japanese single malt whisky.
I have had a few Yamazaki expressions and I have mostly treasured them. This 12 year old is the real entry to the core expressions and it did not disappoint. This is a fine, complex dram, very well crafted and absolutely enjoyable. Bottled at 43%abv, burnished gold. On the nose, a lot is going on: blackberry marmalade, heather, sweet figs, prunes, vanilla, earthy peatiness, spent matches, Sherry.
On the palate it was delicious, a little bitter. Prunes, heather, sherry, ashes, rum, nuts. The after taste was nice too: ashy, sulphuric finish; grapes. Hints of smoke and pepper. Overall, I give this dram a 90 over 100. It is a great single malt and you should totally try it.
Yamazaki built over a hundred years ago was the first malt whisky distillery to be built in Japan. Shinjiro Torii the founder of this historic distillery realised his life long dream of creating a Japanese whisky with its own style. Torii cleverly chose the site on the outskirts of Kyoto for its soft water source and beneficial climate for maturing whisky. Although the first whisky produced was not very well received subsequent Suntory Whisky KaKubin ‘’square bottle’’ was a huge success. In 1984 the award winning Yamasaki 12 year old single malt was released. It was the first whisky to be introduced under the Yamasaki distillery name and had a distinctly delicate style. Now there is an array of styles produced at the distillery. Peating levels of the barley, a range of yeast strains and casks types help to create this variety. Demand for Yamasaki is high as the distillery is well know for the quality of its releases.
Yamazaki 12 Year Old 43%
Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Good body with plenty of nut oils and zest, a pleasant floral character with a little tropical fruit and a rooty note.
Palate: Smooth and soft with good sweetness and winter spice. A lovely citrus note develops with more tropical fruit notes and a little rum.
Finish: Medium with fruit and zest.
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