Yamazakura 16 Year Blended Whisky
Blended — Japan
Reviewed January 5, 2017 (edited December 30, 2018)
I opened up a small 50ml sample I had from some time ago. I don't even think these are available anymore, the aged version is replaced fully by the NAS. I wish I bought a full bottle...but, not knowing what this blend was, I was apprehensive of getting a full bottle. Having had the Hibiki 12 and 17, I think this is better than the 12, and right up there with the 17. Nose is floral, like cherry blossoms. Really delicate and mild mannered, but that's not to be confused with 'boring'. Taste extends the delicate profile. More of the cherry blossoms, but now augmented with violets, and green apples. Really a great profile...not like a Lowlander, but just something totally different. Maybe a cross between a Lowlander and a Hibiki. I think the NAS versions are stil available, but I'd not be surprised if those don't live up to the aged version. If you do see a bottle, pick it up...you won't be disappointed. I remember paying 4 euros for this over two years ago, and a full bottle was only 50 euros. If available even twice that much, I'd not hesitate to pick this up.