Review: Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel

History

Every so often Suntory will release a limited release that is slight variation from their award winning lineup. Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel is spirit exclusively aged in first fill bourbon barrels and then bottled at 48.5% ABV. Now you may be thinking, why all the fuss? This can’t be that much different than a Yamazaki 12 yr old. You’d be very wrong in that assessment, this whisky has a personality all of it’s own. The fact that these barrels were specially chosen for this one off release signifies that it must have been a very special batch of barrels since the guys at Suntory use most of their best barrels in their standard offerings.

Check out this post for some additional history of Suntory distillery.

Yamazaki’s current cask collection. Hoping to try all of these one day

Tasting Notes

Nose: citrus, freshly squeezed oranges, plum, honey, coconut oil, green apples

Mouth: bright, full bodied, oily coating of lovely flavors, coconut, oranges, peaches, green apples

Finish: long lingering, honey sweetness, slightly bitter citrus

Score: 93/100

Verdict: I have never experienced such distinct flavors in a whisky. I could nose this whisky all day, it’s a delightful mixture of freshly squeezed oranges, plums, honey and green apples. For the first five sips, a new flavor was revealed on the palate in a distinct way. This spirit has plenty of oranges, peaches, green apple and a hint of coconut. Since the palate was so rich in flavor, the finish left a bit to be desired. Suntory has outdone themselves, this is a truly exquisite whisky. Unfortunately, this special release isn’t readily available Stateside, you will have to order from an overseas retailer. I hope that Suntory starts to allocate some of their special releases to the US market in the future.

 

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