Japan, Single Malt Whiskey, 43% ABV
The Yamazaki is one of the world’s great single malts, with the 18-year-old having won more international awards in the past decade than any other whisky in the world. All vintages are world-class, and this one celebrates the founding of the distillery in 1923. Perfect for the collector!
Nose: Classic Yamazaki strawberries and dried fruits with floral notes coming from the Mizunara cask whisky. Fragrant sandalwood and maybe coconut. Certainly a whisky where you could get lost in its nose!
Palate: The dried berries remain lively on the palate (it even develops some raspberry notes along the way), but they're dialled back a bit to make room for light oak, white peach and a small amount of spice.
Finish: Vanilla lasts and lasts, with spicy but sweet cinnamon acting as a final flourish. Overall: Top quality Japanese whisky, and excellent value too. Can't go wrong with this, really.