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.
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.