Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Yamazaki Single Malt 12 Yr: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Calandro's Supermarket

Yamazaki Single Malt Japanese Whisky
Japan's distilling culture makes its first appearance on Whisk(e)y Wednesday with Yamazaki Single Malt 12 Year.  Made in the Scotch style using single malt barley, the Yamazaki had a honey and floral nose that delivered a slight burn.  The 86 proof whisky had plenty of charred oak and big wood on the palate.  James referred to it as an "understated" Scotch in style as it finished with a little bit of peat smoke and heat.  Overall the whisky seemed to struggle with balance and did not come across as being all that complex either, but the nose and initial taste were enough to make it a decent purchase if you want a Japanese whisky in your collection.

Yamazaki Single Malt 12 Year

69.25 Average Score

Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by Calandro's Supermarket. Calandro's has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, and other whisk(e)ys as well as wine and craft beer. WW is created and rated by the hosts of Raise a Glass. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own propriatary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 90 is rather extraordinary.

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