i've seen DataLifePlus Verbatims (the good stuff!) from India, Taiwan, Ireland, Europe ("product of EU") etc. ... they're all good.
i've never noticed Verbatim in yellow
writing, only silver.
i don't know if this is the same as whay you say, but i saw a 25 pack slim jewel case DataLife (not Plus!), that said Made in Japan!!!!!! i don't know if they're Taiyo Yuden, didn't buy them. see my post here:
http://www.cdrlabs.com/phpBB/viewtopic. ... 7197#57197
if you get them check and let us know.
SuperAzo is the dye used in the DataLifePlus. the DataLife/ValueLife are usually CMC and thus NOT Azo. so if you see the word Azo on the box, it's pretty sure this is the DataLifePlus
check the box carefully, you'll see either DataLife or DataLifePlus.
by the way, the new Verbatim DLP, 40x and up, have both Super Azo and Crystal protective layer marked on the box. in the past, older media, this was not so: the DLP were Metal Azo or Super Azo; the DataLife/ValueLife (made by CMC, not as good) had the Crystal protective layer.
haven't seen any fast (40x and up) Verbatim that are not DLP.
the Verbatim DLP are good, they're what i use most of the time. i can heartily recommend them, wherever they are manufactured.
i've seen those 5 packs your'e talking about.
i've never before seen Sony that are made in Japan! the box never had on it "made in". only the addresses of Sony in France. but no "made in". nor on the paper insert in the individual CD jewel cases.
i've had 24x Sony that are TY. note: just 24x. the 16x and 32x were made by Sony. and they too didn't have any "made in Japan" on the box or on the jewel case.
if you try those 5-packs, let us know if they are indeed Taiyo Yuden.
i believe they are all CMC.
and from what i've read here on CDRLabs, bad CMC at that.
i haven't bought any, but i suspect (because they're similar in coloring/design to a CDR i have) that they are Prodisc.
(mentioned that in another thread of yours).
i'll have to try that 40x Ritek made!!!
if'when you buy any of that media, post here and let us know what you find.