700ml / 43% ABV
Yamazaki 18 Year Old is a truly legendary Japanese whisky. Awarded SWSC Double Gold Medal in 2005, IWSC Trophy in 2006 and ISC Gold in 2007.
The richness of sherry and raisins fill the nose then its dark rich maraschino cherries and finally coffee cream chocolate appear. Full body malt
Nose: On the nose, Yamazaki 18 offers a deeper, more complex bouquet of tempting aromas than its 12-year-old sibling. If Yamazaki 12 is young and vibrant, Yamazaki 18 has matured into a confident, middle-aged executive; powerful, rich and expecting luxury.
Look for more autumn fruits on the nose, with apple, pear, cinnamon sticks and raisins readily apparent as well. Wood smoke, leather, saddle soap and a forest floor-like scent add to the perception that this is a very masculine whisky although there is still just a hint of jasmine petal intermixed with cedar cigar wrapper if one looks hard.
Palate: Rich and unctuous is the best description of the body of Yamazaki 18 year. This single malt just coats the mouth in such a way that there is no mistaking that you are about to enjoy a high-end whisky.
On the palate, rich sherry notes appear first. Dried plum, sultanas, freshly cracked walnuts and stewed fruit before nice wood notes and a rich, decadent chocolate note before some interesting umami flavors appear, creating a veritable symphony of flavors on the palate.
Finish: Yamazaki 18 has a long, lingering finish that feature rich notes of chocolate, stewed prunes, light smoke and earth notes. This is a whisky that will reward you if you pour a dram, light a fire and read a good book on a rainy night. It would also be the perfect ending to a good meal, either by itself or perhaps paired with a dark chocolate dessert.