This is a full-bodied whisky with spicy cherry-like tones. The toffee aromatics of this copper-gold colored whisky offer a pleasant, long, dry finish. Suntory Yamazaki 18-year has been awarded the Platinum Medal at the Beverage Tasting Institute (97 point rating: Superlative) 2006. The Beverage Tasting Institute's judges are highly experienced, professional guest tasters who are retailers, restaurateurs, and prominent writers that are especially knowledgeable about the beverage category being reviewed. The rating system, which is based on a five band system, rates the quality of different spirits. Suntory Yamazaki 18-year was awarded the Platinum Medal and was rated as "superlative" under this band system which is the Beverage Tasting Institute's highest honor.