Yamazaki 1989 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 also, do no let them collect dust if you find one!
Colour: full gold. Nose: much more austere than the 1986, it’s having a rather hard time after that one. Vanilla, a little cardboard, newly sawn oak and ginger. It’s only after deep nosing that some fruitier notes arise, such as pineapples and ripe apples. With water: it got a tad more organic. Hay. Mouth (neat): much closer to the 1986 here, but the woodiness is much more obvious, and even a tad drying. Tinned pineapples plus a lot of spices (ginger, pepper, cloves, Chinese anise, liquorice). With water: more of the same, with also some slightly disturbing cardboardy notes. Finish: medium long, rather tannic but not excessively so. Comments: the oak really stands out here. Quite good but not my favourite. SGP:461 – 80 points.
Tasting note by Serge Valentine Whiskyfun