Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Cask of Yamazaki 1991/2002 Sherry



Review by Serge Valentin

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"The Cask of Yamazaki 1991/2002 (61%, OB, sherry, Ohmi cellar, cask #1O70047, 468 bottles)
Colour: Pale gold.
Nose: This seems to be extremely fine! Obvious notes of Palomino fino, old walnuts, petrol, coffee, tobacco… Very hot, though, so let’s not wait and add water. With water: stunning nose now. Not really complex but so wonderfully straightforward, on a magnificent trilogy of resin, peat and pears, and then these notes of walnuts, marzipan and fishing boat (including diesel oil and tar). Yes it’s a tad maritime.
Mouth (neat): Exceptional profile – or so it seems because once again, this is very hot. We’re no sissies (yeah, yeah) but we need our throats, so… With water: this one is a winner. It’s not that it’s really more complex than its brothers (1991 Bourbon and 1992 Vintage, reviewed below) but the general feeling is much more satisfying, and the wood extracts rounder. Soft curry, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and hints of pineapples. Finish: rather long, an extension of the palate.
Comments: The kinship with Dr Lumsden’s work at Glenmorangie is very obvious here, and even if it’s a sherry cask, it tastes like brand new American oak. Not really romantic but beautifully made.
SGP:561 - 87 points." (Serge`s scoring system is explained on this page.)

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