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Yamazaki 12 Year Old

(70cl, 43%)

Yamazaki 12 Year Old

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$78.47
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Yamazaki 12 Year Old Bottling Note

Yamazaki is Suntory's flagship single malt whisky, from Japan's first and oldest malt distillery. This 12 year old first came onto the market in 1984 and was the first seriously marketed Japanese single malt whisky. Since then, it has acquired something of a cult following, and for good reason! A wonderfully elegant and smooth single malt that’s certainly not lacking in flavour.

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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Yamazaki 12 Year Old Reviews

Wish I could get some

Had this at a restaurant in Kyoto last year. The whole experience was amazing and this topped it off. Seemed like the nicest whisky I'd ever had. Too bad basically impossible to get but maybe best to remember it like that.

27th February 2021

Good but bad price performance.

Tuath glass showing deep gold. The nose shows light, clean notes of apple. The palate is very smooth and mildly sweet with flavors of apple and light smoke on the end. Good but poor price performance.

16th January 2021

Pretty good, but not £125 good

Yamazaki 12 is a pretty decent dram, with an incredible smoothness but little else. I'd definitely recommend it if it was around the £40-50 mark, but anything more than £70 feels bad.

There's nothing particularly distinct about this whisky, and it is so delicate that that if you drink any whiskies beforehand you won't be able to get any flavour out of this.

I'd recommend trying this at a bar, but if you have £120 burning a hole in your pocket, go buy two bottles of Redbreast 12/15 instead - you'll be far less disappointed.

20th December 2020

Amazing and expensive but for good reasons

Amazing dram. People on here marking it down for the price clearly havent followed the demand for this whisky over the past 4 years. Its expensive because its basically discontinued until further notice

6th December 2020

Don't try this at home

Yes, it is a very decent single malt which has something unique to it (I got some pine on the palate, otherwise tasting notes here are in the right ballpark besides rum to my taste). BUT is it worth the price of admission at three digits? NOPE.

12th October 2020

My Absolute Favourite

After trying all the Whiskies that I had on my list I’ve come to the conclusion that the Yamazaki 12 Year is my absolute favourite (even better than the 18 Year Old Version). With honourable mentions to the Ardbeg 17 and The Macallan 30 Year Old Sherry Oak this is the one I’ll always turn to in future...Sublime.

8th September 2020

Smooth, light peatiness, oaky finish but jesus that price tag.

A very nice whisky, but cannot justify the price. It's incredibly smooth and aboslutely no burn, but for me it's a little heavy on the upfront peaty notes and oaky finish. Honeslty for the $380 it's going for in Australia right now you could buy 3 other extremely nice whisky's and not feel bad about drinking them. I'd honestly take a Chita or Archie Rose over this, or one of the many $100-150 Tasmanian ones over this. I don't regret the purchase, but I won't be buying it again.

17th July 2020

As good as you've heard

Nose: Hand holding into the spice rack and what a carpet ride this is.

Palate: Creamy English muffin and jam with the mildest of spice.

After: Sundowners. There isn't a single element of this rich English garden finish that isn't memorable. As the sun fades we will remember this in the morning.

5th July 2020

#Moves closer#

Spring Day
Pizza and toasted Turkish and Armenian Bakers Life.

16th May 2020

Japan’s finest

One of the best whiskies to come out of Japan, probably one of the more expensive bottles in my cabinet but well worth the price tag. Smooth, gentle yet complex.

7th May 2020

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