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18 Nov 2009

Yamazaki 1990 / 2008 sherry

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * Japan

This Japanese Yamazaki 1990 won a silver medal in the 2008 Malt Maniacs award (best sherry cask). It has an extraordinary, deep brown colour. Yamazaki is part of the Suntory lineup.

 

Yamazaki 1990 / 2008 sherry Yamazaki 1990 (60%, OB 2008, sherry cask #0N70645, 471 btl.)

Nose: slightly dusty, smokey sherry. Big on cocoa. Chocolate. Intense red fruits (Mon Cherie, strawberry jam). Some aniseed. Quite some wood as well, big in every aspect. More fruity notes and some coffee if you add water. Cigar leafs. Mouth: a bit too strong. With water, it’s more accesible. Lots of spices now, mostly cinnamon and pepper. Some mocha and strawberries. Tobacco. Finish: quite dry, not very long. A bit winey, with big oak influence.

Phenomenal strength. If you remember to add water though, this is a very rewarding dram. I guess it could have been even better with a few extra years of softening, although the wood influence would probably make it undrinkable by then.

Score: 88/100

Yamazaki 1990 / 2008 sherry 4 Ruben Luyten 2009-11-18
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  • http://foodnwine.me gal

    very nice.!
    love those sherry casks at CS.
    where can i get this one>?

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be WhiskyNotes

    If a bottle wins a MaltManiac Award, it’s usually sold out shortly after that. The same happened to this one.

  • Charlie

    Yamazaki 1990 comes in 70644, 70645, and 70646 casks. They are all very hard to find now.

  • http://doctordramkenstein.blogspot.com/ Dr Dramkenstien

    I recently tried this while in Scotland (I know!) … anyway I found it an amazing dram if a little pricey (£8.95 a dram).

    Amazing colour – deep brown, almost Port coloured. On the nose loads of deep PX sherry notes. But it was the finish that really impressed, very long indeed – I could still taste it 5 mins later

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