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Suntory Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel bottled 2013

A Delicate Rose

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@phoenixReview by @phoenix

7th Sep 2012


Suntory Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel bottled 2013
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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A limited edition Single Malt from Suntory Yamazaki, with just 1,000 bottles for the UK market.

No age statement, 48% ABV. Around £65.

This is a delicious Yamazaki released in 2011 aged entirely in first fill bourbon barrels.

Colour: Medum Golden

Nose: A perfumy, aromatic nose with lemon zest, heather honey and hazelnut. Hints of cinnamon, rose petal jelly and custard.??

Mouthfill: Light and slightly dry. Very smooth.

Palate: Smooth. Tropical like the Hakushu, with a predominance of creamy, sweet coconut milk, peach melba, rum spices and toasty oak.??

Finish: Medium in length with allspice, nutmeg and hazelnut on the tail.

Overall Comments: This is a quality malt from Suntory and is light, subtle and complex. Very typically Japanese but with nods towards the lighter side of the likes of Balvenie. The nose and palate are so subtle that it needs to be savoured with a clean palate (no curries or spicy food please!). If you take your time with this malt and focus on the tastes, they flood through, gently presenting themselves one by one. It's a gem.

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