Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve

Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve, the youngest expression in the core range, is a mix of young spirit matured in red wine casks with +/- 20 years old malt from sherry casks and some 12 years old malt from Mizunara casks.

Yamazaki Distiller's ReserveYamazaki Distiller’s Reserve

(43%, OB 2014)

Nose: quite attractive, a little on the soft side but nicely fruity (strawberries with cream, red berries, lemon candy) with some coconut flakes. A lot of vanilla ice cream. Interestingly there’s also the typical oriental touch, with sandalwood, floral notes, incense and ginger. Mouth: sweet and spicy. Peaches on syrup, raspberries and honey. Redcurrants. Again mixed with spicy oak, cinnamon and ginger. Becomes fairly zesty towards the end. Finish: the zesty notes are joined by some tannins but the honey is still there as well.

A really nice introduction to Japanese whisky, especially at this competitive price. Around € 60.

Score: 87/100

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