Note: Like some previous advent calendar entries, I have already reviewed - and raved about - the Yamazaki 12. It really is a wonderful dram and I will definitely be buying another bottle in the new year. Here are my tasting notes.
Nose: Oranges, freshly-cut grass, green bananas, cherries, spearmint and ginger snap biscuits. There's also a sappy, herbal; scent which comes from the Japanese oak - mizunara - which gives this excellent single malt a unique character.
Palate: Runny honey, aniseed, warming spices, vanilla and dry wood.
Finish: The Yamazaki 12 leaves a lovely biscuity flavour along with that wonderful herbal note. Utterly delicious.