Where Hakushu (Suntoryís other Japanese distillery) could be considered as Japanís equivalent to a Highland malt, Yamazaki might be considered its equivalent to a Speyside malt. Founded in 1921, Yamazaki was Japanís first whisky distillery and it makes a huge range of whiskies (up to 125, according to some sources) to enable it to create huge variations in flavours in its expressions.
In addition to its standard 10 year old, 12 year old and 18 year old expressions, this unaged Distillerís Reserve is an affordable and relatively new offering in the UK market. One of the constituent malts in this expression is one matured in Mizunara (Japanese oak), giving it an aromatic and spicy element youíll not find outside Japan.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Creamy. Tropical fruits. Oak. Ripe grape. Strawberry. Cherry.
Palate: Slightly rum-like. Spicy. Aromatic and slightly sappy. Oak. Buttercream. Green apples. Blackcurrant crumble.
Retails for around £40-50