Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel (48.2%, OB, 3000 Bottles, 2012)

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2012

48.2% ABV, £68.15 for 70cl

Score: 78/100

Yamazaki bourbon barrel

What they say:

Limited to 1000 bottles in the UK market

What I say:

Dram # 3 from the Water of Life Society (WoLS) meeting 7/03/2014 – Taketsuru’s Journey

Distilled at the Yamazaki distillery in Japan, this expression is matured in 180 litre ex-bourbon casks and was produced in an attempt to partially deconstruct and display Yamazaki malts, a similar Sherry Barrel expression was also released. These two expressions are currently released annually by Suntory from specially selected casks, with no age statements.


Orange gold


Acetone and estery, PVA glue/Mod Podge, Apples and Pears


Smooth and fragrant with sweet candy flavours including vanilla, coconut and caramel, with astringent oak wood


Short/medium with hints of earthy peat (reminiscent of the blended whisky Johnnie walker black label)

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