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Suntory Yamazaki 18 Year Old

Mix of craft, like Kill Bill vol. 1

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@RantavahtiReview by @Rantavahti

27th Feb 2013

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  • Nose
    22
  • Taste
    23
  • Finish
    22
  • Balance
    22
  • Overall
    89

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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.

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5 comments

@CanadianNinja
CanadianNinja commented

An absolutely fantastic whisky in my opinion. Unfortunately the price has just gotten ridiculous! But I guess that's the way it usually goes with whisky...

7 years ago 0

@Rantavahti
Rantavahti commented

I agree and that's sad but true

7 years ago 0

@Pudge72
Pudge72 commented

The use of the Japanese oak casks, along with the bourbon and sherry casks, really adds an extra depth and complexity to this bottle. Awesome stuff!

7 years ago 0

@CanadianNinja
CanadianNinja commented

The Yamazakis get a lot of attention, for good reason of course. But if you ever have the chance I strongly recommend Ichiro's Malt. Some fantastic whiskies in the range. Don't know if they're available outside of Japan though.

7 years ago 0

@PeatyZealot
PeatyZealot commented

I feel this bottle staring at me each time I walk into the local liquor store... The guy wants more than €100,- for it :( While he sells Talisker 18 for €67,-

7 years ago 0

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