Bought – Tesco, 19th May 2014
84/100 – Whisky Bible 2013
81.9/100 – Whiskybase (average from 224 votes)
I’ve had to go back to the Whisky Bible 2013 for a malt rating because this whisky vanished from the 2014 edition. The reason is, it’s been discontinued. So when I saw it in Tesco I was surprised. I came home and did some research and was stunned to see Whisky Exchange selling it for £99.95! Tesco’s price of £40 now seemed quite reasonable. If you’d asked me a year ago if I’d think £40 for a bottle of spirit was acceptable I would have said you were mad but here I am, splashing the cash! Now whose the mad one?!
At the same time as discovering the demise of this 10yo I noticed that Sainsbury’s have introduced a “Distiller’s Reserve” by Yamazaki. I then read on a forum that the distillery is running out of 10yo, which is the reason behind this new NAS (non-aged statement) bottling. I suppose that means it wont be long before the 12yo version of Yamazaki disappears too. Eeek!!! I’d better go out and buy one!
(Update Jan 2017) – Added Whiskybase score where comments include “well-balanced, rich and has plenty of depth” and “a lovely aperitif whisky”. But also “Beautiful nose. Taste is okay. Finish is disappointing; relatively short, and lacking definition.” Clearly it’s not perfect for everyone. Hard To Find Whisky are selling a bottle for £230 but it will still taste like a £40 dram.