Insider knowledge: Yamazaki 18 Year Old whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Japan. If distilled in America the spelling would be Yamazaki 18 Year Old whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
The nose is quite thick and resinous, there is a pleasant oiliness with zesty citrus and peels and a hint of sherry. Plenty of oak and orchard fruits. The palate is of medium-body with green notes and an earthen note, plenty of wood resin and a floral character with zest and sherried peels. The finish is of good length with fruit and zest.
One of the best examples of Japanese Whisky I've ever tasted. Definitely worth a purchase or two.
A great single malt and will surprise any whisky enthusiast, well done Suntory. Jim
I must say this fantastic whiskey took me by surprise. A must try indeed.
What?! No 5 star reviews? Very much time for one. This is my favorite whiskey. Not only a paragon of Japanese whiskey, but a paragon of whiskey period. I wish it were cheaper, but such is life. I have tried and enjoy many whiskeys, but this is definitely my number 1.
Managed to pick up a bottle from Birmingham Airport Duty Free for £32. Fantastic find and easily worth double the price.
Incredibly balanced flavour.
Quite different to the Scottish drams I've been getting used to but doesn't suffer for that. Lots of depth to the flavours, they come at you in very distinct waves...very tricky to describe but not encountered anything quite like it in the Islay/Speyside single malts I've tried so far and would happily recommend this to anyone
One of my fave whiskeys.
It is intensely sherry but also incredibly complex and shifting between sips.
Sometimes i can get an incredible aged parchment dry finish, other times it seems like im drinking liquid christmas pudding.
All in all a positively schizophrenic whiskey but absolutely blinding.
Simply put, a fabulous whiskey. Well worth the price.
Much darker and oakier than the 10 and 12 year old Yamazakis, but not at all bitter (unlike some other old dark whiskies I've tried)
The Whisky is extremely peated, not my taste, but very smooth, I can see why others like it, it has a very long finish and is otherwise very nice, but very peated.
I disagree with the below comment, the Yamazaki 18 year old is not heavily peated. A lovely dram though, with lots going on!
Great sherried (but not overly) smooth and easy drinking whisky. Getting on the pricey side these days - but price aside,it's delicious. Only problem is its moreishness and easy drinking can lead to slightly overdoing it...
This is by far the best whisky I have tasted for a long time, I feel bad saying this as I am Scottish, but you know what - they have got it right.
As soon as you smell this whisky, you say to yourself oh boy this gonna be good.
Going to buy a full bottle next month for sure.
Im no whisky expert and bought the Yamazaki 18 as a punt due to its great reviews and the fact i had never tasted a JP whisky before.After tasting it i came to the conclusion that it was a very good whisky.First impressions were a rich floral sherry bouquet ,sweet, woody smooth/balanced/very rounded.After finishing it though i would probs not buy again due to its high price point.Well i have just bought a bottle of Buffalo Trace(old bottling) and after opening the bottle and pouring a glass and noticed instantly that this is similar to the bouquet of the Yamazaki 18 with its floral,honey,sherry aroma.Taste wise its very similar but with more burn and spice which probably is due to its higher ABV at 45% and spices added.This bourbon is just great and believe me if you liked the Yamazaki 18 its a no brainer.The Yamazaki 18 is smoother and more complex in all areas but for the price the Buffalo trace is a clear winner at 55 pounds for 1.75 L.
Both the Yamazaki 18 Year Old and the Bufallo Trace they both have notes of rum which is just great
Smooth, decadent and intense. With everyting you can hpe for in an 18 yo single malt. This is one of the best whiskies I have tried!
I only had a dram of this remarkable whiskey, but simply put it is unique,
the nose on this will make you feel very excited
the japanese have nailed this craft
the obsession with their whiskey has begun
I'm new to Japanese whiskies but this was fantastic, easily my current favorite. My first bottle is almost done and there are 2 on standby. So good it's the type of dram you want a case of just in case they stop making it. Full of flavor, complexity and will probably please most serious Scotch drinkers.