The good start of New Year.
The Yamazaki is the flagship single malt from Suntory and the oldest distillery in Japan. I wrote about the beginnings of whisky in this country, inculuding Suntory and Yamazaki, in the post about Japan and whisky (it is in Polish only). It is worth to mention that Hakushu is the second Suntory’s single malt distillery. I also wrote about one of its Single Cask version on the blog. Here you can also read about my visit to the distillery.
During the Whisky Live Tokyo 2013 I had occasion to put my hands on the Yamazaki 18 years old for the first time. I tasted it as one in the in turn of many, even though I remember that it was unique, an explosion of fruit in the mouth. Already then I knew I had to try it again. And here it is.
N: the aroma is quite intense and rich, clearly perceptible influence of sherry, lots of ripe fruits, the cut almost ripe plum with a hint of sourness, oranges, tangerines, candied fruits: cherries, raisins and hazelnuts, after the fruity phase I fell herbs, supposedly a touch of perfume – Fahrenheit maybe, anise, cloves, tree bark, further a lot of sweet, cake, slightly peppery (spicy), after adding water the aroma has become more fresh, lighter, even flowery, there is also young and sweet apple, pencil shavings,
T: begins with intense fruits, dominated by ripe and even overriped plum, ripe orange and tangerine, a touch of grapefruit with bitter finish, dark chocolate, between continuously appears plum, also with a bit of sourness and light sparkling on the tongue, after adding water more sweet with a greater degree of acidity and drying tannins,
F: long with the bitter end of grapefruit, raisins and herbs.
The Yamazaki 18 years old is very elegant and quite demanding single malt. You need to devote it some time to discover the riches of scents and flavors. The sense of the uniqueness of this single malt that I had while Whisky Live Tokyo 2013 was not only unreasonable impression. Now it is confirmed. I will always associate The Yamazaki 18 years old with this festival.