This is a rare peated (26ppm) version of Yamazaki, distilled in 1993 and matured in a single white-oak puncheon before being bottled in 2008 at 62% ABV.
Bottle 172 of 503.
This is a brand new peated version (26ppm) and the puncheon was a 2nd fill one (American oak). Colour: pale gold. Nose: partly similar to its ‘bro’ but more phenolic, resinous, smoky (pinewood) and herbal (patchouli, hashish). Quite spectacular, even at 62% ABV. With water: a tad less resinous but also a tad peatier. Greens, shoe polish, mushrooms (do you know blue foot or wood blewit? They smell exactly like this malt.) Big stuff. Mouth (neat): almost the same whisky as its sister cask, only fruitier and more flavourful. Unusual notes of lychee liqueur and rose jelly. With water: again, close to the NBA’s cask but with an extra-dimension, brought by these very fruity notes (lychees and such) that I never found in any Scotch – I mean, to this extend. Spectacular whisky. Finish: long, on a very unusual lychee/peat combo. Comments: had you told me a whisky would taste like peated lychees, I’d have told you to stop drinking. It’s like a mixture of 80% Ardbeg and 20% fine de gewurztraminer. I love this, mind you. SGP:555 – 91 points.
|Classification||Japanese Single Malt Whisky|
|# Released bottle||172/503|
|Bottling Date||June 2008|
|ABV/ Volume||62.0%/ 70cl|