Review: Suntory Yamazaki 1984 VintageAugust 11th, 2009
Suntory Yamazaki, 1984 Vintage, 48%, $600
The first vintage Suntory Yamazaki offered in the U.S. (300 bottles will be available in October.) A portion of this whisky is aged in Japanese Oak. Heavy aroma, with lush sherried fruit and deep juicy oak, marrying with firmly dry and spicy oak resin (the Japanese oak influence is obvious). This same profile follows through on the palate: ripe berried fruit, raisin, blackberry jam, plum spiced with cinnamon, vanilla spearmint, roasted nuts and gripping leather. All this, lying on a bed of molasses and toffee. The Japanese Oak really kicks in on its invigoratingly spicy, warm, resinous finish. Very elderly in nature, but remains very exciting and dynamic, even with all the oak.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 90