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Suntory Pure Malt Whisky Tarudashi Genshu
Although it is called a “pure malt”, it is actually a Yamazaki single malt. The neck label says it is from 1993, which we believe means that it was distilled in that year. This whisky was obtained directly from the Yamazaki distillery. The name “Tarudashi Genshu” can be roughly translated as “straight from the cask”.
Yamazaki is Japan’s oldest whisky distillery opened in 1923, it was founded by Shinjiro Torii near Oaska. The location was chosen because of the excellent water supply in the area. This seems to have payed off, today Single Malts from the Yamazaki distillery has the largest share of any single malts whiskies in Japan. The 18 year old Yamazaki Single Malts is thought by many to be the best whisky in the world and has for example won six consecutive double gold medals at the San Francisco Spirits Competitions from 2008 to 2013.
Nose: Oak and toffee. Wine and brine. Palate: As expected – very punchy at 58%. This one will need water, as the hot spices at cask strength overwhelm everything else. With water, this whisky becomes more creamy and custardy. Not particularly malty.
Finish: With water, it is warming, of good length, creamy, spicy, with a hint of wine.
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