Dram Review: Yamazaki Mizunara Japanese Oak Cask Aged 18 Years 2017 Edition

[48.0%・18 Years Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The nose is fairly understated and reserved here, which in a way highlights the spectrum of flavours and how evenly they are arranged.  Coconut chips, pear puree and subtle cherry preserves stacking neatly against each other like kissing buttons on the cuffs of a well measured suit.…

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Dram Review: Yamazaki Mizunara Japanese Oak Cask Bottled in 2013

[48.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2013・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: A certain je nais sais quoi with how lovely the mizunara is laid out, absolutely mesmerising.  The top notes are refreshing with delicate jammy notes and subtle hints of coconut chips and marzipan.  The unfolding of the oak is alluring, layers peeling off to reveal hints of tobacco and…

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Dram Review: Tokyo International Bar Show Whisky Live Tokyo 2013 Yamazaki Mizunara

[50.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2013・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 547 Bottles] Nose: The nose is filled with that old-timey, diligently polished wood note common in Japanese shrines and mizunara matured whiskies; within the wood exists hints of muscovado sugar and pepper.  Pine wood and a slight incense smoke give a calming touch, with maple syrup and a wee…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 119.14 山崎 Yamazaki “Raspberry imperial stout”

Style: Sherry and Sweet Nose: Intoxicating aroma of raspberry-strawberry cake on the nose. Strawberry pop tart gunned down by white pepper and wood spice. Forest berries jam gradually opens up to more sherry goodness. Dig deeper we have dunnage duskiness, strawberries in the field, beetroot with a herbal touch. Palate: Strawberry malt cake swooping in…

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Whisky Review: Yamazaki Aged 12 Years

Style: Sweet and Fruity Nose: Velvety, fresh fruits sided with deep, fragrant oak spices and white pepper. Orange and cherry gummies, vanilla and a touch of red licorice. Gentle spices winking, warm, refreshing and balanced aroma. Palate: Deliciously sweet, ripe orange and peach sharpened by dry pepper spices and wood fragrance. Flavour contracts in the…

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First Impression: Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel Bottled in 2013

As Bar White Oak drew to a close, it’s perhaps time to look back with fondness on the dearly departed collective.    There is a generation of whisky lovers out there, myself included, who missed out on Japanese whiskies when they were regarded as bang-for-the-buck offerings that kept punching above their weights. I am not…

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Whisky Review: The Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 Edition

  Tasting Notes: The Yamazaki 山崎 Sherry Cask 2016 Edition ☆ Style: Sherry and Composed Nose: Heavy sherry presence with an alluring balsamic vinegar touch. Light smoke, red fruit notes. Mature oak with a strong hint of tobacco leaves on the lower tone. Burnt caramel, bright cherry and roasted popcorn constitutes the rest of the…

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Whisky Review: Yamazaki Aged 18 Years

Musings: As the Yamazaki 18 is getting close to becoming a $1,000 whisky in Australia, I was happy to revisit the 18 Yo in Japan where a full nip costed $A10. I adore Japanese whiskies, because when you sit down and spend time with it, you will realise how refine it is, very pure and elegant.…

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Whisky Review: Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 Edition

What else but prune juice of course on the nose, a mellow sherry influence with the woodiness adding to the depth. Well balanced acidity and sweetness. The flavours are well blended together but each element remains concise. The European oak note is sophisticated in particular. Smoked almonds in the background and this may be controversial,…

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Whisky Review: Yamazaki The Owner’s Cask 1986 Butt/Mizunara

[51.0%・Distilled in 1986・Bottled in 2009・Cask No. 6B 0021・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: Balsamic vinegar reduction laced on poached red apples that are fully ripen, with a creamy maltiness within. There is a stunning shrine woodiness, something that only develops after years of quiet maturation in a mizunara cask. Palate & Finish: Intertwining sweetness on the…

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