Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2012

The Yamazaki single malt (reviewed only a few days ago) is made from a range of different cask types to produce the result the producers are after, and as with most Japanese malts it’s a balanced, restrained and elegant whisky.  Suntory decided to release each component cask of their single malt – and this is one.  Clearly this is where the chocolate comes from in the 12.

Thanks to Q for the sample.

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel 2012, 48.2% A


Nose – Rich, orange malt with bright citrus highlights.  A little milk chocolate, cedar planks, some wet cardboard but mainly orange, orange zest and rich malt.  Nice integration but a little on the bright side. Very nicely made though.

Body – Creamy milk chocolate, back note of spiced wood but quite polite.

Finish – Medium, balanced, more creamy milk chocolate, wood structure develops well with a little chilli and finally dominates. 

What's not good about it: A little too bright and bitter.

What’s good about it:  Lovely rich profile, love the orange richness, smooth and otherwise balanced.

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