Yamazaki 12 Year 

Yamazaki 12 Year

The first whisky of December is a Japanese whisky! I've tried another Japanese whisky (Hibiki, I think). They're run pretty close to Scotch whiskies in flavor and color (whereas I think a lot of people here whisk(e)y that's not Scotch and think Jameson's or Jack Daniel's).

Oh, I should warn you: whenever I read a whisky review and read all the stuff about people smelling fruits and specific aromas and how they can taste the overtones of leather, I assume they're either full of shit or my nose and tastebuds don't work.

I love whisky, but my reviews will (hopefully) not be that douchey.

The Yamazaki 12 Year smells a lot like your normal Speyside Scotches. It's got that bright, almost flowery smell that you get out of your lighter Scotches, without being overly sweet (the way a Macallan or Irish whiskey might be). It's got a pale yellow, gold color, again very reminiscent of a Glenlivet or your other Speyside Scotches.

Now, the advent calendar only gives you one drink, so I tried to savor it and get as much out of it as I could (as you should with any whisky). Again, it's got that flowery without being sweet taste, though you could pick up some sweetness when you left in your mouth. It's not a harsh whisky at all; the alcohol is there, but not overpowering.

I liked it. It's not a whisky that immediately made me want to go buy a full bottle, but it's one I'd definitely try again.

And yeah, it's pretty hard to review a whisky without sounding douchey. Oh well.