Yamazaki 18 Years Old
Japanese single malt whisky
43% ABV, £169.95 for 70cl from Master of Malt
What they say:
Rich with mature autumn fruit.
Color: deep amber
Nose: raisin, apricot, café au lait, Mizunara (Japanese oak)
Palate: blackberry, strawberry jam,dark chocolate
Finish: long, spicy smooth
What I say:
The 18 year old expression from Suntory’s Yamazaki distillery
Dark copper gold with light/long tears
Fruity and fragrant, mizunara oak, overripe cantaloupe melon, peach melba
Melon and plum, bramble jam, caramel, rose, jasmine, sugar syrup, oak wood, hints of treacle, cinnamon and nutmeg, earthy cocoa
Medium/long, toffee, oak, floral and zesty fruits
Similar to our experience with the Hakushu expressions, the difference between the 12 and 18 year old Yamazaki again reveals a class change. It appears the 12 year olds are a little more accessible with a breadth but not huge depths of flavours, making it hard to find fault with any particular element. The 18 year olds however delve deep into the depths of flavour, but with expert precision and construct, nothing jars or seems out of place – just beautiful smooth sailing into a deep sea of flavours. From all of the Suntory offerings presented at the Water of Life Society Suntory Tasting this Yamazaki 18 was my favourite.