Review by Serge Valentin
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"Yamazaki 1982/1997 (45%, OB, sherry wood)
Nose: Very, very compact, starting on hints of dried mushrooms and cigar box and displaying notes of honey, caramel, roasted nuts and whiffs of smoke and peat after that. Also gets a little meaty (grilled beef.) Less exuberant than many of its Yamazaki colleagues.
Mouth: Much, much more sherry influence on the palate. A little drying (blackcurrant leaves, grape pips, green tea) and a little too vinous for my taste. Prunes, blackcurrants, bitter oranges. Finish: rather long, still vinous but also spicier (cloves.)
Comments: Not as ‘crafted’ as more recent bottlings but still good – if you like heavy sherry influence, that is.
SGP:451 - 81 points." (Serge`s scoring system is explained on this page.)