Friday, 27 December 2013

Yamazaki 12 year old

Advent Calendar 23/24.  I tasted this on day one of a 4 day power cut that certainly took the edge off xmas!  What a nightmare.  So these notes are late, but I had no power to light up the computer to post it.  And the experience was so unpleasant I’m not in the mood to try what was in the 24th, which I’m seriously looking forward to.  Anyway, I did enjoy this – I’ve had it before but lost my notes.

Yamazaki 12 year old, 43% A+


Nose – Candy sweet, with blood orange and spray furniture polish.   Dark cereal and chocolate.  Immediately impressive, then lacking complexity and rather too sweet.  But then the lovely orange note wins you back a bit.

Body – Deep, rich malt., beautiful integration with a kiss of smoke with the orange zest and bitter wood.  Dark, bookcasey complexity underneath.    Rich, citrusy and delicious. 

Finish – Drops into sharp wood, finale of orange zest and grapefruit.

What's not good about it: Finish too short, nose just on the wrong side of sweet.

What’s good about it:  But otherwise beautiful.  Seriously good delivery on the palate.

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