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Yamazaki 12 Year Old

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Yamazaki 12 Year Old

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Yamazaki 12 Bottling Note

This 12 year old from Yamazaki first came onto the market in 1984 and was the first seriously marketed Japanese single malt whisky.
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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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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    User Reviews of the Yamazaki 12 Year Old


    Looks like Scotch Whisky, smells like it, tastes like it, but...all characteristics have been elevated a notch. I found it to be more intense in every category. I really like it.

    31st July 2015


    This is the most enjoyable single malt I have ever had. Why can't I find it anywhere now???

    29th June 2015

    Unique and unlike American scotch or Irish

    Im a single malt scotch junkie through and through. this whiskey is in a different category. and I dig it. the color is nice med light Amber and it leaves oily trails on the glass if you swirl it. the nose is citrus through and through with notes of a sweeter fruit. you'd almost expect it to be a sugary drink from the nose.
    the mouthfeel is surprisingly dry which I like. the finish is citrus. and tart and bitter and I mean that as a compliment. the flavor is subtle enough that if you enjoy it with different foods you might pick up different notes and flavors that you didn't notice before. my final verdict though is biased. as a stand alone whiskey I still prefer the unique taste of a peated scotch. but I've had peated scotch I like less than this excellent whiskey. cheers

    28th June 2015

    Yamazaki 12 year old.

    Had a sip in a bar and was hooked. expensive and difficult to find in the Philippines. found a dealer selling at equivalent of £65 and grabbed 2 bottles. I had the fortune of going to Jspan a few weeks later. Price there was equivalent to £42. I grabbed another one, the last one. even in Japan, they are hard to come by. I am going back in October and will probably get 2 or 3 more.

    27th June 2015

    best 12yr out there

    Has a sweet flavor. This whiskey is more complex than any 12yr you can find. Step it up Scotland, you are falling behind

    23rd May 2015

    Very good

    tried this today on one bar. Very good
    End up buying for my friends as well.
    Nice smell and taste

    Loved it

    23rd May 2015

    Pretty Good

    I am just enjoying a first sip of this and think it is pretty good. I would say that I enjoy an 18 Glenfiddich, or even The Glenlivet 12...even a Macallan for the price. Will definitely try more Japanese Whisky, but I wouldn't say I am going to get another bottle of this stuff again.

    It's good, but it leaves me wanting more after each sip.

    17th May 2015

    Not bad

    Tried this one a couple of years ago and just didn't "get it". Nice whisky for sure, but tasted like a fairly standard/light Highland malt. Nothing for peat-heads obviously, but very understated generally. A good honest malt but not in a hurry to buy one even when it cost £35.

    2nd May 2015

    Scots can´t compete.

    This is absolutely World class! It just couldent be better. Try it and enjoy Japanese perfection.
    If I were a Scot I´ll be worried....

    29th April 2015


    Very good

    28th April 2015


    Köpte som prov, då jag ledsnat på de lite tråkiga skottska. Sedan dess köper jag endast Japanskt. Japanerna håller en grymt hög klass som på det mesta det gör.
    De som inte provat Japanskt har inte druckit Whiskey (citat från min 91 årige far).

    15th April 2015

    Mr. Uzzanti.

    Rich smokey smooth.

    5th April 2015

    A Whisky to add on the list

    Love this one. Perfect with chocolate.

    30th March 2015


    Palate palate, palate, zing top end register explosion of grapefruit and orange.

    24th March 2015

    Tastes like Chocolate

    We ate chocolate right before tasting this. So, we didn't get much citrus, we mostly got chocolate.

    20th March 2015

    Very nice

    Smooth and well rounded. Alcohol content is there but not over whelming. First shot OTR, but i am getting a little butterscotch on the back end. I have spent 6 months with JW Platinum, this is parallel or a little finer. Who would have thought "Booze Traveler" would accomplish anything? Well it has. Nice job to the show and especially the distillery.

    27th February 2015

    Thumbs up

    You guys weren't joking about the tropical notes... Bang on the money with that tasting note.

    14th February 2015

    Amazing whisky even if you don't like Scotland Scotch.

    first, I don't like the taste of Scotland scotch. Yamazaki has a flavor all its own. My daughter is in JET (Japanese assistant English teacher). She bought me home a bottle for Christmas since all her Japanese friends love it. Count me among them. Totally unique flavor, in no way scotch like. Fabulous taste, 2 shots = a nice buzz. She's definitely got to send me some more. If you haven't tasted this you're in for a big surprise. Who would have thought that anything besides good sake would come out of JApan ?

    21st January 2015


    I've been wanting to try this for a while after tasting their Hibiki blend (which is delicious btw). Everywhere seems to be sold out or too expensive. I recently found three bottles in my local Tesco Metro for £40 a pop. I bought one, tried it, loved it and went straight back to buy the other two.

    20th January 2015

    Spoiled brat

    Lucky me, my brothers brother in law cracked open a Yamazaki he picked up in Tokyo on x'mas eve. I was shocked after my first sip. There was no biting taste, very tasty and fruity with a long spicy finish. I searched all over Chicago and the answer was the same, out of stock since before Thanksgiving thanks to all the publicity. On a lark, I visited my neighborhood dram shop and they had it in stock. More surprising was the actual price, 30-50% below internet price. Needless to say I happily bought their entire stock and that of their sister store in the suburbs.

    4th January 2015

    Try before You Die

    there aren't words to describe this whisky. complex but smooth, classy yet down to earth, beautiful and tasty. all I could think of was this really cute girl next door that we grew up with. very pretty yet smart and well grounded. if you call yourself a single malt whisky drinker, then you better find a bottle yesterday. I can't say enough about this amazing dram. someone here said stock up, and I agree because prices on this whisky will only go up. the easiest 10 rating I have given.

    25th December 2014

    Suntory Unequaled

    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

    Whisky with class and Taste

    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

    Crazy mature

    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

    To die for...

    Stockpiling as I write..this is a wonderful whisky

    7th November 2014

    Wow....... 12 Years?

    I'm a big fan of premium (Single Malt Scotch Whisky), this could definitely pass for an 18 year bottle of the good stuff...

    7th November 2014

    Yamazaki 12 year old

    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

    The best I have ever tasted

    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

    price rise....?

    A shame that it has risen by a tenner over the last couple of years... 25% increase.... really!?

    27th October 2014

    Great taste and flavour

    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

    I love it

    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

    Needs a bit of time

    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

    Rating for above

    Solid drop.

    6th November 2013

    Bit different but rather good.

    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...

    6th November 2013

    Part of the Tasty Trio

    No whiskey cupboard should be without this Green Spot and Dalmore.
    If you haven't tried these..... you are a cowboy!

    1st November 2013

    Very very good stuff......

    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

    Excellent refreshing whiskey

    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

    eye opener

    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



    5th September 2013

    ok, but not great

    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

    It sweetness whisky

    Is it very nice whisky in around single malt 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

    @shipments to Argentina

    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

    shipments to Argentina

    Hi made ​​shipments to Argentina. Regards Thanks

    23rd June 2013

    One of the best

    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

    Excellent but a bit sweet

    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

    Loved it

    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

    Really good

    Smooth dram and very interesting experience from Japan.
    Arigato Gozaimashita!

    1st May 2013

    Mixed feelings

    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

    Rather good

    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

    Excellent or "Subarashi" as the Japanese might say.

    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

    Excellent or "Subarashi" as the Japanese might say.

    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

    Golden Saki - smooth

    This Japanese whisky is so smooth, with a hint of golden sweetness...Very nice !

    23rd January 2012

    hits the spot

    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

    a fine dram

    can't go wrong with this one - will be trying the other japanese brands soon

    13th April 2011

    Chisou's only choice of house whiskey

    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

    my review above

    i forgot to add the pretty little stars. Have 5 its lovely.

    19th March 2011

    It tastes different now than last time

    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.

    19th March 2011

    Love this whiskey.

    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

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