Dram Review: The Cask of Yamazaki 1991 Bourbon Cask

[60.0%・11 Years Old・Distilled in 1991Bottled in 2002・Original Bottling・Cask No. 10 70629・ Single Cask Release]

I was fortunate to try this single cask at the Suntory W Shop a while back, a birth year bottling no less.

Nose:

The bourbon influence is mammoth on the nose, with rich and indulgent vanilla and caramel notes providing that instant satisfaction. There is an oiliness of maize that interacts with a cream powder note. Wholesome cornflakes to go with a faint dose of spices.

Palate & Finish:

A burst of strawberry fructose followed by a whopping sense of spiciness. Woof, it surely packs some heat. Hint of tropical pineapple note but the delivery is still overwhelmed by the palate-distorting spices.

It does slowly ease out in the finish with a clean oaky presence, along with honey and ginger notes that slowly surface.

Thoughts:

I suppose bigger isn’t always better, especially for a distillery that so often excels in producing whiskies around the 48% mark. Although Yamazaki does work well with bourbon casks as much as they do with sherry casks, contrary to popular belief; on this occasion there is an imbalance in this one that just doesn’t work for me..

Nicholas