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.
I tried this for the first time over the weekend (1/25) and all I can say is Holy Cow! I've heard about the Japanese whiskies, but never had a chance to sample one. The flavors of vanilla, smoke, chocolate, sherry, oak and honey. I passed my glass to my friend and she refused to give my glass back...and she doesn't drink whisky! I'm buying a bottle as soon as I can get my hands on one.
28th January 2014
Absolutely phenom!!! Big oak, nice finish!
15th January 2014
Color: Dark Amber
Nose: Rich in oak. I pick up both the sherry casks and herbal notes from the Japanese oak.
Palate: Very rich and complex. Notes of chocolate, licorice and fruit.
Finish: Quite long.
1st January 2014
This and the Aussie 'Limeburner' would be the best whiskies I've tasted.
15th December 2013
only ever had the chance to have one bottle of this brill dram because of the price. best ive ever had
13th October 2013
a taste of heaven. Tones of raisins and vanilla. very rich flavour
19th September 2013
so smooth and complex, brilliant
21st July 2013
This has to be my favourite. Absolutely fun to the nose, and pleasant on the taste as well. Would definitely recommend this.
3rd July 2013
11th February 2013
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.
6th February 2013
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
19th January 2013
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!
27th December 2012
Both the Yamazaki 18 Year Old and the Bufallo Trace they both have notes of rum which is just great
27th November 2012
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.
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.
29th October 2012
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...
9th October 2012
I disagree with the below comment, the Yamazaki 18 year old is not heavily peated. A lovely dram though, with lots going on!
21st September 2012
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.
20th September 2012
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)
2nd September 2012
Simply put, a fabulous whiskey. Well worth the price.
9th July 2012
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.
6th January 2012
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
15th December 2011
Managed to pick up a bottle from Birmingham Airport Duty Free for £32. Fantastic find and easily worth double the price.
Incredibly balanced flavour.
15th March 2011
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.
26th February 2011
I must say this fantastic whiskey took me by surprise. A must try indeed.
4th January 2011
A great single malt and will surprise any whisky enthusiast, well done Suntory. Jim
29th September 2010
One of the best examples of Japanese Whisky I've ever tasted. Definitely worth a purchase or two.
11th June 2010
16th February 2010