Yamazaki 1995 – The Owner’s Cask #5J3020

The colour of this Yamazaki 1995 is almost black. It is cask 5J3020 from the Owner’s Cask series. While it sounds as if these are private bottlings, it also includes a lot of shop exclusives. This one was bottled for La Maison du Whisky back  in 2010.



Yamazaki Owner's Cask 1995 - La Maison du WhiskyYamazaki ‘The Owner’s Cask’ 1995 (54,9%, OB for La Maison du Whisky 2010, sherry butt #5J 3020, 420 btl.)

Nose: almost refortified high-quality Oloroso. Very intense plums and figs. Lots of polished oak, including hints of turpentine and acetate. Polished leather. Walnut liqueur. Some volatile hints of raspberries and yuzu. A toasted note in the very back.

Mouth: rich but quite dry and tannic. There are prunes, dates, raisins in a dark way, with lots of oaky notes and espresso. Dried herbs and cough syrup. Cardamom, liquorice. Cigar juice. A bit over the top maybe, but overall a very good example of this monstrous genre.

Finish: very long, with dark chocolate, coffee, herbs and something of cherries on brandy.

A lovely nose, but really dry on the palate so not for everyone. Big, big whisky and a lovely experience but I could never drink a bottle. Expect to pay at least € 1000 in auctions. Many thanks, Jelle.

Score: 89/100