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help me choosing next bottle

Postby aitor » Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:10 pm

I'm a big fan of islays but recently I tried yamazaki 18 yo and I loved it and now I want to try other similar .. any one knows another whiskey to compare with the yamazakii? some that are similar in flavor, i prefer from scotland if you know someone ...
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Re: help me choosing next bottle

Postby The Third Dram » Fri Apr 22, 2011 12:22 am

Welcome to the forums, aitor!

I find the Yamazaki 18 quite unique. It's certainly not just about the Sherry cask influence with this one, as there's so much more going on... Oxidative notes that remind me of older brandies, resinous notes that remind me of venerable malts along the lines of vintage Auchentoshans or perhaps even Glen Gariochs, as well as an intensely fruit component. Yet the Yamazaki is truly its own 'beast'.

As concerns other Japanese whiskies that might compare, dramtastic would doubtless be able to point you in the right direction.

Just as a 'shot in the dark', you may want to consider an older (such as the 25-year old) Highland Park? At the very least, it will be a pretty good match for the Yamazaki in terms of complexity and richness.
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Re: help me choosing next bottle

Postby lockejn » Fri Apr 22, 2011 1:04 am

I agree that a Highland Park would be reasonably close, though perhaps not so rich. An older Bunnahabhain might do the trick nicely.
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Re: help me choosing next bottle

Postby bredman » Fri Apr 22, 2011 2:10 am

aitor, where are you located?
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Re: help me choosing next bottle

Postby dramtastic » Fri Apr 22, 2011 2:38 am

You liked the Yamazaki, but you want the same from Scotland. Why? Most members will tell you that there is certain uniqueness to Japanese whiskys that neither makes them better or worse than Scottish whisky, just a bit different.
So if want continue to broaden your horizens, why not try another Japanese whisky.
As Bredman said, it would help if we knew what area you are from.
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Re: help me choosing next bottle

Postby aitor » Fri Apr 22, 2011 10:59 am

hi all, thanks for the replies, I live in Madrid, Spain, is not easy to get Japanese whisky but was not the main reason for my question. I was really surprised how different it was the whisky yamakazi 18 compared with the Scotchs who had tested. After reading your comments I'll follow your advice to try more Japanese, any recommendation like "first try this and then this ..."...?

On the other hand, I've never tried a HP25 (only HP12) or any Auchentoshan ... I think it's time!! I´m going to read some of them to try to choose one of them ...
thanks!i´m learning and is great!
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Re: help me choosing next bottle

Postby dramtastic » Sat Apr 23, 2011 12:58 am

Here are some places that stock and ship Japanese whisky

https://www.garrafeiranacional.com/whis ... 7_1_3_1_2/

http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/C-35.aspx

http://www.whisky.fr/whisky-japon-p101.html

http://www.owonlinewhisky.com/japanese- ... c-121.html

I would start with

Nikka From the Barrel - Please note this is 500ml bottle
Hakushu 12
Hibiki 12

If you buy and like these I can reccomend some more
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Re: help me choosing next bottle

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:08 am

dramtastic wrote:Here are some places that stock and ship Japanese whisky

https://www.garrafeiranacional.com/whis ... 7_1_3_1_2/

http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/C-35.aspx

http://www.whisky.fr/whisky-japon-p101.html

http://www.owonlinewhisky.com/japanese- ... c-121.html

I would start with

Nikka From the Barrel - Please note this is 500ml bottle
Hakushu 12
Hibiki 12

If you buy and like these I can reccomend some more


DT is the resident Japanese whisky expert, I say trust his choices but also sometime try the other recommendations as most of them are good as well.
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Re: help me choosing next bottle

Postby aitor » Sat Apr 23, 2011 12:38 pm

wow, great information dramtastic, i´ll follow your recomendations. First i try the japanese and HP18 (not 25 because is less accesible to me) and in a second step the auchentoshans (it seems complicate choose one, but probably y ask you again).

thanks to third dram too and all of you,
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Re: help me choosing next bottle

Postby rayor » Tue May 10, 2011 2:55 pm

I'm not a specialist of Japanese whiskey, but I seem that the Bunnahabhain 18 yo islay whiskey would suit you and enjoy. Its unique taste is distinguished by mellow sherried nuts and shavings of the finest natural oak wood. :thumbsup:

For more information visit:
Bunnahabhain 18
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Re: help me choosing next bottle

Postby aitor » Mon May 16, 2011 3:42 pm

thanks rayor! i never tested the bunnahabhain but i read good words from this destillery so is probably i order a bottle soon of the 18 yo... thanks again!
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Re: help me choosing next bottle

Postby Fscott » Wed May 25, 2011 9:25 pm

Aitor,

Are you going to attend Whisky Live in Madrid tomorrow?

This should probably be in the Whisky Live section, but nobody seems to post much over there.
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Re: help me choosing next bottle

Postby rayor » Fri May 27, 2011 11:03 am

aitor wrote:thanks rayor! i never tested the bunnahabhain but i read good words from this destillery so is probably i order a bottle soon of the 18 yo... thanks again!


you are welcome :wink:
you will not regret =)
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