Review by Serge Valentin
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"Yamazaki ‘Vintage Malt’ 1986/2005 (56%, OB, sherry hogshead)
Colour: Pale amber.
Nose: How jammy! Very big notes of plum jam (Mirabelle), apricot jam, honey… Also rather flowery (yellow flowers, nectar, orange blossom) and ‘oriental’ like many of its bros (sandalwood, incense, cardamom.) This isn’t whisky, it’s jam. Almonds. With water: a wonderful oakiness, very straight, complementing the huge fruitiness. Extremely pleasant.
Mouth (neat): Superb attack, half fruity, half spicy. Perfect mouth feel. Longans, figs, bananas, ginger and white pepper. A tad less extravagant than on the nose but the balance is perfect. With water: it all mingled, giving something very compact and very coherent. Immensely drinkable. Finish: long, with the oak getting more distinguishable (lactones).
Comments: this one offers huge pleasures. Perfectly crafted.
SGP:641 - 90 points."(Serge`s scoring system is explained on this page.)