I had this once a long time ago and was impressed. Just had it again and remembered why. The nose is like a bourbon aged Speyside -- lots of oaky saw dust and cereal grain, with some light orange and lemon gumdrop aromas, almost a Springbank coconut. Very pleasant and appetite arousing. Water brings out some grassy and smoky qualities. The finish is long with citrus. I savored this with sushi. All of this is very subtle. The dominant notes are the pleasant woody aroma turning to citrus. I ignored Yamazaki 12 for a while because it is the most ubiquitous Japanese malt, but I guess there is a good reason. It's easy to enjoy.