The popularity of Japanese whisky has risen to incredibly heights, and one of the most famous brands of Japanese whisky is Yamazaki. Yamazaki 18 year old is superb sipping whisky. but it is far from perfect. The whisky itself is dominated by oak and projects subdued tannins, saw dust, sherry and sappy wood. The other character in the whisky hides beneath that almost murky granulated wood, but occasionally shines through with orchard fruit, citrus, rose Turkish delight and subtle floral notes. It is an absolutely delightful sipping whisky that I enjoyed for a good hour, but its heavy oakiness seemed to detract from that enjoyment.
Last seen for $275, this is an outrageously expensive whisky and to be absolutely honest I would not rush out and buy this whisky, even at half its asking price.