It must be more than 10 years since my good friend Ian bought me this for Christmas. At the time I was letting everyone have a taste… “Have you tried Japanese whiskey?” was the opening dialogue. Followed by lots of “oooh!” and “aaaah!” noises from the grateful recipient.
Nowadays I have this bottle hidden at the back of the drinks cabinet and I’m quite loathed too review it because it will alert friends that I still have a quarter of a bottle left.
Back in 2000-and-something when I got this, Yamazaki was quite unheard of in the UK, but in the intervening 10 or so years, they’ve won more awards than you can shake a stick at.
I knew it was special at the time. but now it’s discontinued and currently retailing for around £250, it’s staying hidden.