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Suntory Yamazaki 12 Year Old

Poised Elegance

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@MaltActivistReview by @MaltActivist

12th Nov 2013


Suntory Yamazaki 12 Year Old
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This particular bottle of the Yamazaki 12 was opened well over a year ago and has not only maintained it's elegance but become a little more mature as well. For example it's not as floral as I remember it to be.

The nose is an essay in poised elegance. Wild red berries covered in black peppercorns are drizzled with vanilla infused honey. There is a pinch of sea salt with a lonely cardamom pod surrounded by delicate wood shavings.

The dry palate is creamy chocolate dates sprinkled with nuts and raisins and finished with a flourish of cinnamon mist.

The finish is long and satisfying with a touch of spice and slices of banana.

This malt has grown in stature the last time I tasted a year ago. Either that or my feeble mind was simply unable to comprehend a good malt when it tasted one. In any case I'm glad I decided to revisit this gem.

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vrudy6 commented

Perfect title to describe this whisky.

10 years ago 0

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