Yamazaki 1979 Vintage Malt
Suntory has picked the best cask from Yamazakis highlighted years and bottled them trough 2004/2005 as a really nice collector series. They taste tham good, do no let them collect dust if you find one!
Colour: full gold. Nose: as expressive as the ‘COY’ but with more sherried notes that make it a little less ‘focused’ right at the attack, but it gets then just as superb. A little more mint and camphor plus hints of game (hare). With water: it behaved quite differently from the COY, keeping its fruitiness (hints of coconut from the wood as well as pineapples) beyond the same kind of grassiness. A tad phenolic. More game, more animal notes as well. Superb nose, very complex, which is maybe not what was expected. Mouth (neat): contrarily to what happened on the nose, I like this one a little better than its bro at the attack. Somewhat drier, more elegant and just as big. Oranges, tobacco and herbs, then the same kind of spices plus a little chilli (Thai red sauce.) Perfect balance between the big spiciness and the fruits. With water: wilder, even spicier, with an even bigger presence. Spearmint, cardamom, coriander, basil and bitter oranges. Yes, an unusual mix. Finish: long, more liquoricy and herbal. Comments: it’s hard to decide between these two marvellous 1979’s. Let’s not even try… SGP:553 – 91 points.Yamazaki makes me think of Lexus. I mean, fifteen years ago we were thinking that Lexuses (Lexi?) were pale imitations of Mercedes, which they more or less were actually. Today some people think that Lexuses are better cars than Mercedes, and are rather more innovative. As for 'heritage', well...
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