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The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky 12 year old

The Yamazaki 12 year old is one of my favorite daily, sipping drams…


It’s not peaty at all, and is in fact, one of the first few drams I give my friends who want to learn more about whisky. The standard 43% ABV and its lovely bouquet – floral and fruity – make it an approachable drink, served neat or on the rocks during summer. And the taste is magnificent – apricots, honey, wood, and vanilla. The medium, dry finish is decent, as well. The Yamazaki makes for a great dessert drink. I always keep it in stock.

I give this a solid B.

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Addicted to Pleasure: Whisky

February 9, 2013 Uncategorized No Comments

From the BBC

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Dailuaine 1998, 14 year by Duncan Taylor Dimensions Batch 001

My first encounter with Dailuaine was from a Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) bottling of it, 41.47 – Bentley in Zanzibar. I recall that dram being ridiculously amazing. One of the best that I’ve ever had. It was only 7 years old and bottled at cask strength. Still, it contained aromas and a flavor profile that I’ve been searching over and over for.

The Society recently came out with a President’s choice bottling of Dailuaine, and like most of their picks, was bought out faster than I could react. So, it was great news to find that Duncan Taylor put out another cask… and that one of my favorite local retailers, K&L, received an allocation to sell. At the time of this post, they are long sold out. Looking online, however, Master of Malt and The Whisky Club have them in stock.

Anyways, how did this taste…in a word, Splendid.

The nose on this is fantastic. It’s got those typical fruity and floral notes that I associate with an ex-Bourbon Speysider. Bottled at a respectable 46%, inhaling is effortless. I can’t get enough; I’m tempted to spill some on my pillow case with the hopes that it will add Zen to my sleep. I’m reminded of almond jello and  fancy, vanilla frosted cakes.

Coating the tongue with this stuff is a delight. It’s malty and sweet. Liquid honey. The finish is about medium length; I wish they’d bottle this with a higher ABV. Oh well. I’m left with apple pie breath – I’m not complaining.

I give this a solid B.

SGWS: Greenbar Collective Field Trip

Yesterday, we joined the Seven Grand Whiskey Society on a field trip to Greenbar Collective, where they make organic booze.

Here are some iPhone pics that I took…

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SCWC: Stitzel-Weller Tasting 1

This past weekend, the newly formed Southern California Whiskey Club held a fantastic tasting of Stitzel-Weller whiskey juice in Little Tokyo Los Angeles. Advertised as a chance to compare two versions (Stitzel-Weller vs Buffalo Trace) of the much-hyped Pappy Van Winkle 20 year old bourbon, the event was, of course, super packed with excited drinkers.

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