Yamazaki 18 year old Single Malt Whisky
Very smooth with a great interaction of chocolate, raisins, and oak. Soft vanilla, luscious fruity notes, both dried dates, and fresh red fruits. Rather oriental as well: hints of baklava and incense. Herbal tea, leather, smoky/ slight bit of peat, hints of dark rum, golden syrup with citrus peel, caramel, and creamy sherry notes. Bramble, honey, and tobacco. Finish is balanced sweet, dry and long.
A top quality dram, full of Japanese character but very rounded as well. No surprise it wins so many awards! This is highly recommended and very hard to find.