Suntory 18 Years Yamazaki

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1699
Yamazaki
Japan
Single Malt Whisky
18 Years
43%
0.7 l
Original bottling
Chill filtration - With Artifical colouring - With
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Nosing
Fruit:
Sherry:
Sweet:
Cherry:
Dried Fruit:
Oak:
Caramel:
Chocolate:
Grape:
Raisin:
Vanilla:
Berries:
Fig:
Honey:
Leather:
Malt:
Nuts:
Peach:
Pear:
Pepper:
Spices:
Herb:
Tasting
Fruit:
Oak:
Sherry:
Spices:
Sweet:
Nuts:
Chili:
Malt:
Oil:
Peach:
Peat Smoke:
Vanilla:
Herb:
Alcohol:
Cherry:
Chocolate:
Dark Chocolate:
Date:
Dried Fruit:
Fig:
Floral:
Honey:
Leather:
Orange:
Pepper:
Herbs:
Zitrus:
Finish
Oak:
Sweet:
Chocolate:
Fruit:
Spices:
Peat Smoke:
Sherry:
Alcohol:
Cherry:
Raisin:
Berries:
Caramel:
Cinnamon:
Coffee:
Dark Chocolate:
Dried Fruit:
Fig:
Nutmeg:
Nuts:
Peach:
Pear:
Pepper:
Herb:

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Davisscholar
23. Mar 2015
Enticingly complex, good "ringer" for any tasting. Bourbon, Sherry and Mizunara casks fight to assert themselves in the oak-driven, complex nose. Dried fruits (figs, dates) seamlessly blend into brown sugar and leather notes. Noble, aged "rancio" aromas (walnut, mushroom, Unagi) elicit memories of spirits considerably older than 18 years.

The palate is structured by an assertive, crisp alcohol presence which integrates the brandy-like richness and disguises the oak influence. Noticeable, yet silky tannins remind of raw cocoa and green vanilla beans without any bitterness.

Dark, brooding aromas persist into the long finish, giving way to the "incense" quality of Mizunara and the faintest hint of peat.

A malt of excellent quality and presentation that almost makes you forget the considerable price tag. It deservedly wears its price, reputation and rarity with pride.
31. Mar 2015
04. Apr 2015
Ahn
18. Oct 2017
Nosing: Peach Sweet Caramel Honey Fruit

Taste: Peach Sweet Honey Oak

Finish: Oak Chocolate

Comment: very good one, with out the prize.
kroman
05. May 2016
Nosing:
sherry; specifically those cherry brandy chocolates...only more expensive!
Transitions to a weird (but not unpleasant) oakiness...might be the mizunara, might be the power of sugestion

Taste:
a little hot (though some will say "intense"), mouthcoating and heavy/oily, sherry, spices...very complex and well-stuctured. takes well to breathing quite a bit

Finish:
long, very dry with dark chocolate and a faint trace of coffee beans...?

Comment:
Don't get me wrong. This is a very enjoyable whiskey and makes a delightful nightcap....but, personally, I don't think it's worth the money ("gasps fill the room"!). I fully acknowledge that my palate might not be refined enough to fully appreciate the nuances, but I'm a little embarrassed to say the Yama 18 is over-hyped. I'm apparently an exception to the rule, though, so please take that into consideration
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