Nose: Quite herbaceous. Green fruit, mint, cucumber, pine, grassy, spearmint. Just loads of green fruit in this one. Palate: Loads of green things coming out of here! Mint, cucumber, green fruit, grapefruit and just a touch of smoke at the back. Dave Broom got yuzu…I’ve never heard of yuzu… 70cl / 43%
'Yamazaki 12 year Old is a pioneering malt in Japan, for which Suntory deserve great credit. In its early days, it was rounded and delicate...now it is more intense, confident and elegant. 8/10' Michael Jackson, Whisky Magazine, Oct 2002
A bottle of Yamazaki Puncheon from the 2013 Cask Collection, the final year of the series. Aged in 480 litre oak Puncheon, this is a rich and sweet Japanese whisky, but one that is elegant due to the slightly slower ageing caused by the smaller spirit to wood ratio.
Nose: Light and grassy and slightly stony to start. In time there’s sweet persimmon and nut.Palate: Pure and very clean. Sweet lime, green fruits then a hint of smoke and a buttery meadow sweet/chamomile note. Light to the point of fragility.Finish: Honey, lemon and a little ginger.Comment: Delicacy to the fore. A breakfast dram if there were ever one.