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Yamazaki 18 year old

I was not wild about the 12 year old expression and was expecting more of the same, however this is a very different animal.  The nose is rich and fruity with raisins and some wood notes.  Sherry casks clearly at work here.  The taste is rich and drying, then some dark chocolate notes.  The finish is complex, slightly tannic and bitter and some wood and smoke notes.  Very balanced and good.  This is not just 12 year old expression with 6 more years of maturation, this is a much better product all round. 

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  • Country of Origin: Japan
  • Type: Single Malt
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': Yes

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