|Rich Howard||a deep and rich nose, with plums, figs, twigs, tree bark, milk chocolate, lighter notes of cinnamon ice cream and fresh milk. the palate is full of sweet and spicy fruit, also plenty of dark chocolate, leather, tobacco and toasted oak here as well, a dash of bitter black coffee on the finish. a drop of water offers up red berries, pomegranate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate, an infusion of vanilla, a light dusting of cloves and cinnamon. the palate is now bursting with sweet berries and orange marmalade, hints of leather and tobacco remain. summary: a rich and robust sherried dram, a good balance of fruit, berries, chocolate and tobacco. [tasted blind for the 2011 Awards] |
|Keith Wood||***Review for MMA 2011*** Glass: Classic Malt
- Colour: Mahogany bordering on ebony
- Nose: Rich aged oak with slightly smoky nuances. Then dark fruits and almond with hints of coffee beans followed by the faintest hint of rubberiness.
- Palate: Very soft and smooth in a rich kind of way with aged wood, rich dark fruits, nuts and lightly smoked wood.
- Finish: Very long
- Overall Impression: Another true 'Great' cask from Yamazaki. If you like sherried whisky this is a must! *** Review for MMA 2012*** Glass: Classic Malt
- Colour: Finest dark chocolate.
- Nose: Lightly toasted raisins, dates and figs then freshly polished antique oak table. Dark chocolate and coffee beans but also lightly fruity. Quite simply amazing.
- Palate: Espresso coffee, dark chocolate, coconut, all gently toasted. Delightful.
- Finish: Extremely long, almost never ending. Ultimate and delightful.
- Overall Impression: A truly amazing whisky with rich flavours and aromas, perfect for after-dinner with coffee and chocolate, or by the fireside on a winter evening. Delightful? Ultimate? Amazing? How about "Great"? Yes indeed. |