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Suntory Yamazaki 18 Year Old

Yamazaki 18

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@huinemanReview by @huineman

1st Jun 2018


Suntory Yamazaki 18 Year Old
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Tasted at the now-extinct Sudestada restaurant in Madrid. Dark amber hue with golden shades. Intense aroma starts sweetish: butterscotch, vanilla, custard; then sandalwood, pencil lead, smokey. Nose is quite close to a brandy, if you ask me. Mouthfeel is velvety and silky, very elegant. Umami (savory) nuances. Oily, mouth-covering, developing a very long finish in which you get cocoa and smoke again. Very, very good.

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Victor commented

@huineman, thank you for your review.

Very elegant, indeed. I haven't seen a Yamazaki 18 yo on the shelves for about 4 or 5 years now. In 2012 I could buy this for $ 130. Now wine-searcher.com reports the average world price to be $ 600. I am very happy to have tasted Yamazaki 18 several times. I would certainly rate it into the 90s. The only consideration I have now leaning toward regret about not having purchased a bottle at the then seemingly outrageously high 2012 price of $ 130 is how much of a conversation piece it has become because of its subsequent scarcity and current high asking price.

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DaveM commented

The last time I saw the Yamazaki 18 YO it was priced at $210...gulp! I passed on it then and I now see indications that it is going for $500 to $600 if you can even find it.

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huineman commented

Yeah, I've had it just twice. It's an amazing whisky, but prices have soared so high and so fast it's unbelievable. I'm happy I got to taste it before it became so hard to get.

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