Replaced by NAS.
After recently reviewed The Yamazaki 18 years old today it is worth to try 8 years younger sister (about distillery and japanese whisky I also wrote here). There is addictional opportunity as The Yamazaki 10 years old isn’t the enery level single malt from this distillery anymore. It has been replaced by NAS (no age statement) version (so far only in Japanese market). I am not especially delighted with this trend, but as you can see even Japanese follow it. Consumers expect more and more whisky, also in Poland we have to deal with the growing demand, on the other hand manufacturer’s warehouses are melting. We have nothing else to do but come up with this terms and examine the quality of the new spirits. In this case I can’t comment on NAS, as I haven’t tried it yet, therefore I refrain from the final conclusions. On the down side I can include the fact that the NAS version is not cheaper from 10 years old, as could be expected, after all, generally younger whisky. On the other hand it is 43% ABV instead of 40% ABV.
N: on the first impression raisins, but they fade away rather quickly and never come back, fresh, quite mentholy, further sour: citron and lime, orange peel, slightly peppery with a small dose of vanilla,
T: there is something in the taste of a grapefruit with a hint of dark chocolate, also subtle oak tones, white pepper, here and there I can also find caramel, after longer search a touch of salt and peat,
F: medium long with mild bitterness and white pepper.
The Yamazaki 10 years old is a quiet and unobligated single malt. Quite easy to sip. For sure 40% ABV made a great impact on that impression. I considered water unnecessary.
Together with the recently tasted The Yamazaki 18 years old, 10 years old shows how different can be whisky from the same distillery.