The Yamazaki 12 is as standard as you are going to get in the US for Japanese whisky. This is Suntory’s flag ship single malt here. I have sipped on this expression multiple times but never actually sat with it to write up my impressions.
Nose: Oak, green apples, soft waves of sweetness, fresh.
Palate: Apples, oaky spice bite, fairly dry, cereal, light and refreshing, fruit sweetness, well balanced.
Finish: Medium, dry, surprisingly fairly viscous,
Comments: very well balanced. A great relaxing whisky that you can sip on all day or night depending on your level of dereliction. After going through the component whiskies in our Japanese tasting I can really make out the new American oak in this one. A great whisky for a warm spring/summer day. It’s also a great bargain.