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[Review] Yamazaki - 12 years old 1980's 43%

  Today we've got a bit of a treat: the Yamazaki 12 years old, 43%, from the 1980’s, courtesy of @mark_littler_ltd #roundrobinwhisky part II This is probably one of the first ever releases of Yamazaki Single Malt (or Pure Malt at the time) as Suntory started releasing it in 1984 and this bottle dates back to the 1980’s. I’m definitely ready for a taste of this little piece of Japanese whisky history! My tasting notes Nose: Very fruity with some peach, passion fruit, pear, melon and lemon. Lots of honey and barley sweetness too. A little toffee, pear drops, quite waxy and musty nose. After a couple of minutes in the glass, you get more oak coming through. What a start! Palate: The palate is richer than the nose and less fruit-forward in my opinion. It’s quite mouth-coating and earthy. I get some woody vanilla notes, a little spice, some toffee and near-burnt caramel (bitter notes), barley sugar, oak spice, hints of dried fruit and slight cough syrup (at least the one I used to have