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I bought my bottle of Suntory Yamazaki 12yr almost a year ago and I break it out on rare occasions. Not because it's the most spectacular dram but because it's so very different that scotch and I'm not always in the mood for it.
Don't get me wrong, this is some pretty impressive stuff and it make me want to try more. I don't drink it all the time but when I do, it make me happy.
The stuff noses like my dad's old bourbon (I always loved sneaking sniffs of my dad's bourbons when I was a kids because it burned my nose and made me sneeze - ah, to be 8 again...). The stuff has an initial bourbon-y element, some sour corn and alcohol. Followed by some honey and dried fruits. Like a scottish bourbon if there were one.
On the palate - Smooth honey and drying oak. This is one of the driest single malts I've ever had. This is a nice thing actually. Oh, some vanilla came through now, nice.
FInish - Dry & long. Honey and oak. The sour corn comes back too.
One thing that still throws me off is that this is not a corked bottle but a screw top. Strange but...cool. Arigato Japan!