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Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky - Distiller’s Reserve

(70cl, 43%)

The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky - Distiller’s Reserve

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Yamazaki Reserve Bottling Note

Released in Spring 2014, this is one of two Distiller's Reserve single malt whiskies from Suntory in Japan. This single malt from the Yamazaki distillery is jam-packed with superb red berry notes, gained from the whisky being matured in Bordeaux wine casks and Sherry casks. It also features malt matured in Mizunara casks, adding subtle fragrant oak notes.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Classic Yamazaki strawberries and dried fruits with floral notes coming from the Mizunara cask whisky. Fragrant sandalwood and maybe coconut. Certainly a whisky where you could get lost in its nose!

Palate: The dried berries remain lively on the palate (it even develops some raspberry notes along the way), but they're dialled back a bit to make room for light oak, white peach and a small amount of spice.

Finish: Vanilla lasts and lasts, with spicy but sweet cinnamon acting as a final flourish.

Overall: Top quality Japanese whisky, and excellent value too. Can't go wrong with this, really.

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Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky - Distiller’s Reserve Reviews

Poor value for money

Demand for Japanese whisky is so high because of what it can be. Expressions such as the Yamazaki 12 and 18 cemented this reputation but, due to years of underproduction followed by sudden demand, the stocks ran dangerously low. The result was rocketing prices for aged expressions and, at the 'low end', poor new NAS bottlings such as this. Without going into the cask make-up, this is both sweet and tannic on the nose but just too woody and dry on the palate with a very short finish. For this money there are far, far better options elsewhere.

14th November 2022

Not my glass of whisky!

Sorry, but this one’s not for me. However, I have found that many well-known malts just aren’t that enjoyable. Pricewise, for a few more quid, I would have to go with The Balvenie Triple Cask which I could drink all day.

6th August 2022


Oh no! This is disappointingly one of the nicest lower end drams for sure. Good value, complex, very well pairing of flavours. Have sampled a few bottles to be sure. Possibly the best under £100

14th July 2022

My favorite Yamazaki Whisky

After Suntory discontinued the Yamazaki Single Malt 10 Year Old, this one became my favorite.

27th October 2021

Nice dram

Pleasant drop but far better bottles for the price

28th August 2021

This is techno whisky

This whisky is actually quite layered in flavours. It has an interesting delayed after taste of jam and some very odd twists and turns in the middle. Overall though, it's quite odd and almost feels like it shouldn't be whisky. Not for me but was intriguing. I'm glad I just had a sample bottle.

27th August 2021

A pleasant glass of whiskey.

A pleasant glass of whiskey, once you get past the initial alcohol burn it has a smooth finish. Quite subtle in flavour, light oak with just a hint of spice.

16th August 2021

Perfectly pleasant but lacking complexity for me

A pleasant everyday dram as far as I’m concerned - although I’ll admit to a general preference for peaty offerings over this lighter fair. The berry notes are there, as is the touch of oak, but, in truth, I was expecting greater complexity for the price.

27th July 2021

Really good! Would buy again!

Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve Single Malt - (On the nose) woody note ((Mizunara)Japanese oak), fruity, vanilla, cherry, fruit jam, lovely (Palate) honey, well balanced, light oak, spice, fruit

18th February 2021

Worth a try

Now that Japan exports more Whisky than soy sauce and any age-stated bottle they put out costs as much as putting a child through college, we poor middle class folks have to play the taste roulette with releases like this. Don't get me wrong, it's good whisky, but it can vary from anywhere between rich citrus goodness to rocket fuel. Come prepared and you might have a good time. If anything else, at least it'll look nice on your shelf.

12th January 2021

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