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Suntory Yamazaki 18 Year Old

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@RobertHReview by @RobertH

3rd Mar 2011

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  • Nose
    24
  • Taste
    22
  • Finish
    23
  • Balance
    22
  • Overall
    91

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This was a stretch for me as I have some preconceived notions about Whisky not made in Scotland. Show's me what for, doing my own thinking. This was one of the richest experiences I've had with a whisky. I was a little put off by the screw cap and tinted glass bottle, it made me think they were pushing the "wanna be" factor a bit too hard, but one dram turned me around. So much so that I turned right around and bought another bottle.

This follows on the richness of the Sonnalta PX with similar sherry notes and dark fruit, like ripe figs or dates. Mild pepper on the palate gave way to the honey and finished with sea salt and sweet spices.

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7 comments

@Alanjp
Alanjp commented

Its a great review, and if there was a whisky that would open your eyes to the wonders of Japanese malts, the Yamazaki expressions are the ones to do it. I'm a big fan of Yamazaki anyway!

9 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

This review certainly makes me want to get a taste of the Y18. Yes, there are lots of great malts outside of Scotland. Two others from non-Japanese terrain: Connemara Cask Strength is sublime, and McCarthy's Oregon Single Malt is terrific.

9 years ago 0

@RobertH
RobertH commented

Victor,Alan,

Thank you for the responses. I will have to look for the Connemara, I love cask strength expressions as they allow for experimentation.

Regards

9 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

I finally got a taste of the Yamazaki 18 a little while back. Wonderful whisky! It is a bit pricey around here, but this is one I would certainly enjoy having in my cabinet.

9 years ago 0

@Wills
Wills commented

I have to try this one time. I'm really looking forward to taste some of the Japanese Whiskys. But it's so expensive ;(

8 years ago 0

@RobertH
RobertH commented

It is quite expensive, but my three favorite 18 year olds are the Yamazaki, the Macallan, and the Highland Park.

There's three ladies I would be happy to be stranded with on a deserted island.

8 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

I am with you on those three malts, Robert!

8 years ago 0

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