Yamazaki

Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve (43%, OB, 2014)

The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky – Distillers Reserve ~ 43% (Beam/Suntory)

43% ABV, £40 for 70cl

Score: 82/100

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What they say:

Check out the beautiful Yamazaki website

A Soft, Gorgeous Aroma and Sweet, Smooth Flavour

The new Yamazaki is born of the meeting of a variety of Yamazaki malts, including the traditional Yamazaki malts stored in Japanese oak (Mizunara) casks and revolutionary malts stored in wine casks.

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What I say:

Our first whisky of the evening at WOLS 14/4 tasting ‘Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover’ – during which drams were poured blind for the delectation of our society members.

Colour:

Ginger/gold

Nose:

Perfumed, sweet and floral, cherry wine or blossom, strawberries and cream, a faint sub-aroma of acetone, mizunara oak

Taste:

Fruity apple, cherry, raspberry, strawberries and cream, blueberry, custard apple with cinnamon hints, cherrywood

Finish:

Long, gentle spices, cinnamon and orange zest, bubblegum, vanilla and mizunara oak

Yamazaki Distillers Reserve

Overall:

This is very similar to the Yamazaki 12 Years old that I had the pleasure of sampling recently only it has a subtle hint of being slightly younger and much fresher in its fruity elements. A delicious dram, this reminded me of cherry lips and strawberries and cream candies with a subtle unusual cherrywood and mizunara oak. This is as fragrant as a breeze through the cherry blossom and just as enjoyable. A very well constructed ‘No age-statement’ whisky from Yamazaki that is the perfect introduction to their range.

Don’t take my word for it:

http://wordsofwhisky.com/yamazaki-distillers-reserve/

http://whiskyforeveryone.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/new-release-yamazaki-distillers-reserve.html

http://www.somersetwhisky.com/review-yamazaki-distillers-reserve/

http://www.livingroomwhisky.com/whisky/yamazaki-and-hakushu-distillers-reserve/

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