The Owner’s Cask For Shinanoya; Yamazaki Bota Corta Cask Distilled 1999 9YO 56% abv


Nose: Marmalade, fruit cake, malt, oak, menthol, brown sugar. Sounds sweet but there is a bitter element as well. Water enhances the menthol and oak.
Palate: Cherry ripes. Blackcurrant jubes, menthol, nutmeg, brown sugar, bitter oak, marzipan. Water brings out a lot of hot chili spice.
Finish: Long, but a little unbalanced and on the bitter side.
General comment: Water helps balance this somewhat, adding milk chocolate and blackcurrant that fades to menthol.

Last Word: I like this more some days than others. Score below reflects today’s tasting, which wasn’t its best. I could be 2 or 3 points better on a good day.
Rating: 86/100

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