Nose: Good body with plenty of nut oils and zest, a pleasant floral character with a little tropical fruit and a rooty note.
Palate: Smooth and soft with good sweetness and winter spice. A lovely citrus note develops with more tropical fruit notes and a little rum.
Finish: Medium with fruit and zest.
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Living in Tokyo, I became a fan of Suntory Scotch for its smoothness and non-biting flavor. Yamazaki was not marketed then and I can only go by my favorite Suntory Reserve which was considered the distillery's premier brand. I did not realize Suntory whiskeys were available in the U.S. and bought an equally good substitute that comes closest to it : Chivas Regal. Since Suntory acquired Jim Beam, they are readily available and I bought a bottle last week. An amazing whiskey.
17th December 2014
I tried the Yamazaki 12 year old yesterday .The Blend is so wonderful and the taste savours in your mouth all the while.Very Light and simply beautiful for an enjoiable evening..Great Invention...
8th December 2014
Totally agree with the reviewer saying it could pass for an 18. I'm *currently* sipping it right next to an Aberlour 18 at double the price and it's almost identical (*slightly* more light-white-fruit and less heavy-red-fruit than the Aberlour in flavor profile, but only slightly; maturity feels identical). I've got a Balvenie 12 nearby and it's significantly more rough and less flavorful, yet more expensive than the Yamazaki.
19th November 2014
Stockpiling as I write..this is a wonderful whisky
7th November 2014
I'm a big fan of premium (Single Malt Scotch Whisky), this could definitely pass for an 18 year bottle of the good stuff...
I am not a whisky drinker, and I bought the dram for my husband, but was then curious and had a sip. I actually liked it, and loved the fruity taste, the hint of almond and cinnamon. It had a nice "Christmas" flavour for my palate.
6th November 2014
As the title says, this is a wonderful malt whisky. I was surprised and disappointed when my wife bought me a bottle, until that is I tasted it. If you like whisky, you are going to love this.
3rd November 2014
A shame that it has risen by a tenner over the last couple of years... 25% increase.... really!?
27th October 2014
Great tasting and balanced whiskey. Very smooth. Definitely one of my favorite single malts
24th October 2014
I love it, hè is very soft, has his own taste and is one of THE greatest whisky's.
18th October 2014
There's absolutely nothing bad I can say about this one except it's maybe *too* flavorful. But even that...just marginally so. It *slightly* tastes more aperitif than a whisky should IMO, but maybe that's the future. The chocolate vaguely reminds me of the Bushmills 21 I once had, but more subtle. Me, I'll still take something a bit more malty like a Glen Grant or Old Pulteney. But this is still very good and worth a try.
9th July 2014
Loved it. Simple as that. Only one small negative, a bottle of malt is enjoyed before it is opened, so please don't put a cheap arse plastic top on it! This bottle is way too good and should have a cork to get that pop from opening.
30th April 2014
but i'm in no position for professional tasting notes. But is there anyone but me that get alittle maple hint on the nose?
15th March 2014
I can honestly say "I have never tasted a better malt than this 12year old".
I've tasted a lot of whisky's in the last 40 years, some harsher, some not so harsh,
Although not a connoisseur I know what I like, and this is it...
8th March 2014
nose is good but tastes bland to me my trip into jap whisky disappointing to say the least not a happy bunny.
14th January 2014
have purchased a 12 on recommendation of my wife and the staff in the Wine Shop - will be cracked open xmas eve i think - looking fwd.
21st December 2013
I bought this bottle a long time ago for a party, freshly opened i found this to taste very odd, it had a strong sweetness and taste of caramel and about an equally strong bitter tannin taste and this yielded some sort of flat taste curve of sorts. It didn't linger and you was left with just this dry tannin taste.
Now, however, it has been in the shelf for a few months at about 70% of content left and i tried this again last night and i must say i was very positively surprised, It have developed a very nice round sweet taste with some sort of vanilla mixed with some fruity jelly candy tastes and the nose felt very developed with first having very much orange peel -citrus smell where after the same jelly candy smell came about after a while.
Definitely one of my favorites now!
8th November 2013
6th November 2013
Nice Change flora through the nose with some more exotic tones. Tastes rather good warmth again flora notes some honey sweetness and citrus,
Maybe nicer for the Money but nice stuff and worth a try.
Personally prefer the redbreast to green spot and glenfarclaas to dalmorre but great thing whiskey something for everyone...
No whiskey cupboard should be without this Green Spot and Dalmore.
If you haven't tried these..... you are a cowboy!
1st November 2013
This is a really really good drop.
Great nose, good flavours citrus like and a very smooth jw blue eek finish..very good and 12 years old better than most double the age and the price a definite one to try in my book...
31st October 2013
Tried this recently at restaurant in SF and love the smooth refreshing taste. Hints of honey and vanilla. Nice to try something different apart from traditional single malts.
26th October 2013
Dats a nice drink
20th October 2013
This was the first whisky that opened my eyes to the wonderful world of single malts. Before this, I was in the obscure world of blends and the occasional Glenlivet and Glenfiddich 12. I've never looked back ever since. I've had the likes of many single malts throughout the years and The Yamazaki 12 is still on my top 3 favorites in the 12 year range.
8th September 2013
REAL GOOD NICK FLAVOR AND NOTES. LOOKING FORWARD TO WHAT YOU DO NEXT. THANKS YOU
5th September 2013
Smooth it's ok, yamazaki 10 is much better and the 18 is the best I've ever had, would not buy a bottle of 12 again
6th August 2013
Is it very nice whisky in around single malt ..it testy very good bit a sweetness .you can find out in kualulampor..Daikanyama
22nd July 2013
I purchase one just for tge fun of it because its japanese. But with all honesty this is one of those whisky thats hard not to RECOMEND who likes a fine drink. i mean very very fine whisky. You can call me biased but the yamazaki is one of the best whisky i ever tasted.
20th July 2013
Hi there, at the moment we are unfortunately unable to ship to Argentina, due to UK aviation regulations. However, we are working hard to find a solution, so do check our delivery page! --The Chaps at Master of Malt
24th June 2013
Hi made shipments to Argentina. Regards Thanks
23rd June 2013
I was given a bottle of this for my birthday last week and I must say it it probably amongst the best malts I have EVER had the pleasure to enjoy.
Get over your parochial prejudice and give it a try . . . you won't be disappointed.
11th June 2013
Smooth is the word. And adding water, is a must to bring out the smells and taste. I recommend about 30-40% which is a tad more than for most.
The only objection is that it is a whisky intended for the broad audience and so the experience is a bit, well average.
Then again my taste is for the somewhat more smokey and with a tad more oomph.
It is a bit on the sweet side in my view. Then again you cannot go wrong serving Yamazaki to your guests after your finer dinner though.
31st May 2013
I picked up a bottle of this because it looked different. Couldn't have been happier I did! I will say (from my experience), adding a drop of water really adds to this. It settles it down and allows the smells and taste to develop. Try it and let me know!
13th May 2013
Smooth dram and very interesting experience from Japan.
1st May 2013
I had a lot of expectations from this whisky, my gf got me a bottle for Christmas,it turned out I was mostly disappointed. The nose is really great,and there are some interesting notes but I found the palate very unrefined and with poor balance. A rough aftertaste that I did not appreciate at all. Did not taste smooth at all imo. Anyway I'll try to give another shot at Yamazaki with the 18 yo.
17th January 2013
Lovely smooth 12 yr old. Excellent finish, but have I gone mad. Dentist like numbness to follow.
16th January 2013
I found this is taste rather unrefined and very disappointing.
If you love a good single malt, this certainly isn't one.
Go for Aberfeldy 12 which is both cheaper and better than this one.
15th December 2012
The French and Italians didn't invent wine but became very famous for it, I suspect the same is happening with Japanese whisky.
The Yamazaki 12yo is very smooth and robust with spicy dried fruit and creme brulee on the palate.
Nikka whisky's Yoichi and Hibiki 12yo are very nice if you can find them.
31st January 2012
This Japanese whisky is so smooth, with a hint of golden sweetness...Very nice !
23rd January 2012
what a wonderfull whisky. great on the nose and pallett, very moorish. cant rate this fine drop enough. so put your hand in your pocket and get some, you wont be disapointed.
27th September 2011
tried this whisky at a wedding i attended without ever hearing of it.. and i must so i love it.. will be purchasing a bottle after pay day.. worth £4.50 a shot that im paying currently
12th June 2011
can't go wrong with this one - will be trying the other japanese brands soon
13th April 2011
Tried this at Chisou (Japanese restaurant in London) - it is the only whiskey they stock and for good reason. It is incredibly smooth and delicious.
25th March 2011
i forgot to add the pretty little stars. Have 5 its lovely.
19th March 2011
It tastes much differnt than with ice from the spar than from ice from my mums house. other than that its a lovely rich flavour.
Phenomenal! A great whiskey for the price. I like it as much as the Yamazaki 18, but it is quite a bit cheaper. Buy a bottle and you will know why the Japanese whiskeys are doing so well at international awards. Just so I don't sound biased towards Japanese whiskeys, I am drinking a dram of Highland Park 18 right now and enjoying it thoroughly.
17th February 2011