Yamazaki Single Cask Takashimaya Buyer’s Selection 2000. 10-year-old. Sherry Butt. 57%abv


Nose: Rich oak over bitter tannins. Pine, dry sherry, varnished wood, a little camphor. Water brings out orange and grapefruit.
Palate: Savoury shapes, clean sherry, slightly bitter orange, pepper, a milk/dark chocolate combo. Water adds fruit tingles.
Finish: Well-balanced chocolate over fruit cake and oak. Drying. Water adds the fruit tingles again which lessens the dryness.
Last Word: Well resolved for a 10-year-old.
Rating: 87/100

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