The somewhat mythical and 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 the Japanese whisky popularisation from 2010 onwards, but a shortage of aged stocks - particularly aged stocks in sherry casks, which are a big proponent of the 18-year-old - resulted in this expression being unavailable for years.
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 camphor) then many fruits, most dried (dates, sultanas), then fabulous whiffs of old pu-erh tea (humus and leather), then old rum, maple syrup, jams Oh well, it's really fantastic.
Mouth: Perfect body even after a whisky that was stronger, with an oiliness, some tea, a little leather, cardamom, other spices, sherry Granted, it's probably a little oaky and tannic but it can stand that. Also bitter oranges, green spices, more tea, cinnamon.
Finish: Medium long, with more berries. Blackcurrants and rich pipe tobacco.
- Single Malt