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This was the first taste of Japanese whisky for me and it got me yearning for more. It felt like a good mixture of Japanese and Scottish craftsmanship. Japanese making the whisky like it should be done with adding their own expertise in there.
A true mix of two different crafts and two different cultures. That's why Suntory Yamazaki 18 year old is like the Kill Bill vol. 1. Western and eastern storytelling and specialties in one package.
Nose: Sherry is there but not in a bombing way. Hints of smoke with nice mixture of dates, anise and mint.
Taste: Sweet honey, oak and malt. Full body with lots of layers: raisins, oranges and sherry, which isn't too powerful.
Finish: Very dark textures: dried fruits and chocolate espresso with wee smoke.
Balance: Great whisky and I would love to taste it again. Probably the score would get higher 'cause I had this way back in a whisky tasting. Complex and sophisticated.