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Suntory Yamazaki 12 Year Old

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@jstuartoneillReview by @jstuartoneill

12th Sep 2012


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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The scent starts on the nose with a green, citrus freshness, which is offset by the slightest medicinal scent. Overall, the bouquet is bright and inviting.

The taste is slightly sharp, echoing the smell, with floral, musty undertones. Hints, perhaps, of maple that just teases at another level of complexity.

As the tingle of the alcohol subsides, the after taste is dry, but complex on the palette, with a rich lingering, woodiness.

This is an exceptionally, easy drinking whisky, perhaps only missing a little more depth on the tongue. As my first foray into the world of Japanese whisky, the Suntory Yamazaki 12 Year old was a strong standard bearer, and certainly peaks my interest to explore their products further.

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