This Yamazakura, Yama meaning mountain and Sakura ephemeral beauty, is a production of Sasanokawa Shuzo distillery. It is located in Koriyama, in the prefecture of now infamous Fukushima, about 65 kilometers from the nuclear site. It was directly impacted by the tsunami of March 11, 2011. This house has been around since 1765 and has been producing Sake and Shochu ever since. It was not until 1946 that the whiskey began to flow, in the case of it consisting of a blend of four whiskeys both malt and grain. It is a whiskey that savored pure, but that will find its place in one or the other cocktail. I was very pleasantly surprised by the nose of this whiskey, in the image of what evokes Japan, that is to say that takes time to understand all the subtleties.
Nose: Very supple and generous. A lot of honey, lemongrass. The blend is young, with barley surgar. But this wisky is more comlex that it seems at first, there is in the background a creamy notes of caramel, dried fruit, butter, vanilla.
On the palate: even if sweetness dominates, there is and it is not destabilizing small attack of alcohol, which is certainly due to its youth.
Finish: Dry and very bitter. Very vegetal, a lot of spices, pepper, fresh peppers, tea notes. Veru honorable length, maintaining a certain liveliness.