Yamazaki

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

Whisky Review: Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2012

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.

My Tasting notes:

  • Colour: Orange gold
  • Nose: Acetone and estery, PVA glue/Mod Podge, Apples and Pears
  • Taste: Smooth and fragrant with sweet candy flavours including vanilla, coconut and caramel, with astringent oak wood
  • Finish: Short/medium with hints of earthy peat (reminiscent of the blended whisky Johnnie walker black label)

Score: 78/100

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