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Yamazaki Limited Edition 2016
Every year, Suntory releases a new limited edition of their Yamazaki, and this year, we have another masterpiece! No information on the number of bottles available was unveiled by Suntory for the 2016 version, however, it is bottled at 43%. This is a combination of young single malts, matured in American oak casks, Bourbon barrels, European oak barrels, Sherry and Port Wine casks, with some of it having been aged over 20 years.
Suntory is a giant in the whisky producing field. It has produced innumerable award winning whiskies for both the domestic and export markets. Of these, both the single malts of Yamazaki and Hakushu often make the headlines but the distillery group also produces the sensational (and multiple award winning) Hibiki blended whisky, (aged at 12yo, 17yo, 21 yo and 30 yo) using spirit from the aforementioned distilleries as well as grain whisky from their Chita production plant. The 12yo Hibiki is noted for its fragrant, fruity aroma, which it partly obtains from additional maturation using Ume Plum Wine casks.
The nose is quite thick and resinous. There is a pleasant oiliness, with zesty citrus and peels, along with a hint of sherry. Plenty of oak and orchard fruits. The palate is of medium-body, with green notes and an earthen note, plenty of wood resin, and a floral character, with zest and sherried peels. The finish is of good length, with fruit and zest.
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