Yamazaki 1979 The Cask of Yamazaki 23 Years Old Cask RF1013 56% 1979
€ 37.000,00 (in Vat)
|Serie||The Cask of Yamazaki|
|Cask Type||Mizunara Japanese Oak|
|Condition||In Original Box|
Serge Valentin (91)
Colour: full gold.
Nose: a rather beautiful attack on the nose, compact as often with ‘crafted’ Yamazakis but with very distinct notes of ginger and soft curry added to a rather waxy and oily character (paraffin, linseed oil, olive oil.) With water: it got much more vegetal and grassy, which is a little curious I must say. Whiffs of peat arising. No sweetness/fruitiness.
Mouth (neat): hugely concentrated but not thick, which is quite an achievement. Loads of spices, crystallised oranges, ginger, cardamom and pepper. A lot of wood but it’s great wood, I must say (spices.) With water: rounder of course, and more ‘oriental’ as well. Turkish delights, lychees like we found in other versions, orange squash, mint flavoured tea. Excellent now.
Finish: rather long and a tad more resinous.
Comments: an ultra-dry nose and a rounder and fruitier palate, which is exactly the contrary of what happens with many old Scotch. Two whiskies in one!