The somewhat mythicalÂ andÂ increasingly rare Yamazaki 18-year-old.
A fantastically rich whisky with resinous tones and a bouquet of fruit.
This is arguably the defining single malt of theÂ Japanese whiskyÂ popularisation from 2010 onwards, but a shortage of aged stocks -Â particularly aged stocks in sherry casks, which are a bigÂ proponent of the 18-year-old â€“ resulted in this expression being unavailable for years.
Never officially discontinued, we received an official shipment direct from Suntory for the first time in years in mid-November (2016). With the shipment, weâ€™re able to offer a modest price reduction to what the open secondary market has been reflecting.
This is still in very limited supply.
Been a while since you tried the Yamazaki 18? Let Serge from WhiskyFun.com take you through it:
Nose: Ah yes, now I remember why I always loved the 18. Perfect balance between richness and sleekness, with myriads of tiny aromas that make it very complex. Many herbs (mint and eucalyptus as often but also sage, rosemary, touches of camphorâ€¦) then many fruits, most dried (dates, sultanas), then fabulous whiffs of old pu-erh tea (humus and leather), then old rum, maple syrup, jamsâ€¦ Oh well, itâ€™s really fantastic.
Mouth: Perfect body even after a whisky that was stronger, with an oiliness, some tea, a little leather, cardamom, other spices, sherryâ€¦ Granted, itâ€™s probably a little oaky and tannic but it can stand that. Also bitter oranges, â€˜greenâ€˜ spices, more tea, cinnamonâ€¦
Finish: Medium long, with more berries. Blackcurrants and rich pipe tobacco.Â
- Single Malt