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Suntory Yamazaki 18 Year Old

Yamazaki 18

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@huinemanReview by @huineman

1st Jun 2018


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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.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

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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