Today's selection for the Wednesday Whisky Club is the Yamazaki 18 Years Old.
In 1923, Shinjiro Torii, the founder of Suntory and a pioneer of Japanese whisky, built Japan's first malt whisky distillery in the Vale of Yamazaki. Using copper pot stills, the Yamazaki distillery was the first of its kind outside of Scotland. The distillery's location on the outskirts of Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto offered pure waters, diversity of climate and high humidity - the ideal environment for the maturation of good whisky.
Black cherry seems to be a Yamazaki signature, also some oakiness, sherry, and the age is evident.
Fuller than the 12 years. Toffee. Earthy, dusty, rooty --it's wood, Jock, but not as we know it. Dried fruits, moss and bark (but no bite).
Quite satisfyingly long and consistent. Some commentators get pomegranate. We don't.
Stay rich, stay stylish. See you next time, lads.