Before we begin with this review, I would like to direct your attention to the Whiskypod video review I did for this whisky back at The Whisky Show in October 2010, which can be found here: www.connosr.com/whiskypod/video/tws251
I have always been a fan of the Yamazaki whiskies, from the 10yr through the 12 and 18yr expressions, so when I found the Suntory stand displaying another expression it was going to be tough to keep me away!
This is a special edition from Suntory, aged in a huge Puncheon cask rather than the standard one, and lacks any age statement. To smell it you get a stronger kick compared to the other Yamazaki malts, there is a lot more going on within the glass compared to the relative simple nature of the others.
As noted in the video review, I have always found the Yamazaki malts extremely smooth and easy to drink, however this one has an extra dimension to it, more body and a stronger taste to it. Not that it’s a bad thing, it’s refreshing to see the Suntory guys make such a change (at least in my eyes) to what they are putting out under the Yamazaki name.
It has a long and powerful finish, which hammers home the fact that it isnt your typical Japanese malt. Worth a try for something different, but its not my favourite from them.