Nose: Butterscotch, vanilla marshmallows, caramel chews, hint of custard tart, mandarins, and strong alcohol: something slightly chemical.
Taste: Fennels, a very faint hint of licorice, ground cloves, sherry, dry.
Finish: Short-medium spicy mouthfeel with very little sweetness. Pulls up a bit short with nothing dominant lingering: not a lot happening mid-ending.
Comment: A few drops of water works well (careful not to drown it) with the Yamazaki 12 year-old. In my opinion the taste was slightly more appealing, and easier to distinguish the variety of sweet aromas by doing so.
Reviewed by Clint A