My Yamazaki 12yo tasting notes
i've noticed that there aren't a ton of tasting notes for the Japanese whiskies, so i thought that, since i'm half way through a bottle and have a pretty good handle on the profile, i would contribute with the only Japanese whisky i've been able to get my hot little hands on. for a baseline, all of my tastings are from a Glencairn glass, served neat.
Color: a clear, brownish gold.
Nose: cider vinegar, grass, paper, slight perfume
Palate: more cider vinegar, pepper, oak and vanilla.
Finish: dry, slightly floral, fading to a kind of yeasty bread.
i find the Yamazaki 12yo to be somewhat weird: where i would expect smoke from most Scotches (even the least smokey to my tongue, like Aberlour 10yo), i instead find cider vinegar. it's quite good, but for $35 i would rather be drinking Highland Park 12yo, one of my all time favorite drams. i would certainly spend the extra $10 for Ardbeg TEN or Laphroaig 10, if i were simply buying a bottle to drink and enjoy (as opposed to experimenting), but i'm glad i bought the bottle. it's an intriguing whisky, and i look forward to trying more Japanese whiskies in the future.
i hope this has been helpful for anyone interested in trying the Yamazaki.