Yamazaki 18-year-old

Category Single Malt from Japan
Distillery
Bottler Distillery Bottling
Age 18 years old
Casktype Sherry Cask, Bourbon Cask, Mizunara Cask
Strength 43.0 % Vol.
Size 700 ml
Price 215.00$ 232.20£ 156.95
Uncolored Non-chillfiltered
thijs100 Tasting note
less than a month ago
thijs100 gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Burnished
Nose

Very, very condensed at first, but with plenty of glue and nail polish remover. Very characteristic for Japanese whiskies. Or so I've been told :) If you give it time in the glass, it will reward you. Lots of green banana, brown sugar, red apple. Also mango, apricot, dates and raisins. Some sweet rum, peach and a hint of soy. Very complex. Big thumbs up!

Taste

Tobacco and cinnamon, along with some cloves. The nose is sweeter than the palate appears to be. Coffee, nutmeg and bitter orange. Creamy and mouth coating with some tannins.

Finish

Long, meaty and dry with some wood spices.

Comments
That nose! Wow, very good. The palate is a bit more pedestrian though. But it can't be denied that this is a very good whisky. Just shy of scoring 90 points in my book.
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Peter(TTMC) Review note
about a month ago
Peter(TTMC) gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
89
Nose
88
Initial taste
90
Body
88
Finish
90
Price
88
Presentation
90
Gronqvist Tasting note
about a month ago
Gronqvist gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Chestnutoloroso sherry
Nose

Complex, thick and oily with notes of citrus, red apple, orange, apricot, raspberry, Maraschino cherry, peach, vanilla, raisins, figs, dates, cinnamon, caramel, maple syrup, cereal, chocolate, thyme, mint, eucalyptus, camphor, flowers, perfume, a hint of sherry, leather, spicy Mizunara oak and a hint of peat.

Taste

Creamy with lots of tannins and notes of citrus, bitter orange, blueberry, raspberry, fig, rum and raisins, dates, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, almond, caramel, dark chocolate, dark coffee beans, mocha, malt, slightly Sherry , eucalyptus and resinous Mizunara wood.

Finish

Long and dry with notes of citrus, raspberry, cereal, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, a little sherry, coffee, peat, easy iodine, Mizunara oak and smoke.

Comments
CSautter Review note
about a month ago
CSautter gave this whisky 86 points

Drank next to the Yamazaki 1984 and Karuizawa NOH multi vintage.  Color is medium amber.

Nose: leather, maple syrup, sweet dark fruits.  Less oaky than the Yamazaki 1984 but no less enjoyable, if not better.
Taste: pleasant pie spices (cinnamon, clove) with vanilla beans to boot.  leather and some fruity sherry like notes. again, less oak than the other two. nice sweet notes throughout with good "old" flavors.
Overall: I prefer this to the Yamazaki 1984, despite the large price difference.  more of an everyday pour, and it actually seems a bit thicker than the 1984.  I hate to say it but the NOH wipers out both of these.
Weighted Rate
86
Nose
87
Initial taste
87
Body
87
Finish
86
Price
85
Presentation
85
GlenSikkes Note
a couple of months ago
GlenSikkes gave this whisky 90 points



Rich with mature autumn fruit.


Color: deep amber
Nose: raisin, apricot, café au lait, Mizunara (Japanese oak)
Palate: blackberry, strawberry jam, dark chocolate
Finish: long, spicy smooth

Tasting Notes by Yamazaki ( Suntory )
WillemvdK Tasting note
a couple of months ago
WillemvdK gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Mahogany
Nose

Superbly condensed nose, almost like syrup. Full flavour of vanila, honey, apricot, banana, coconut, wood schavings, pinetree resin, leather and a small hint of smoke. Perfectly balanced and very soft.

Taste

Very sweet and fruity with a steady development into oak wood, furniture polish and leather.

Finish

Progresses slowly into the finish which is long, dry and slightly tarry.

Comments

Excellent. Just excellent. Could use higher ABV though!

p4blo Tasting note
a couple of months ago
p4blo gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Very complex and pleasant, lots of spices and herbs coat the sweetness of vanilla, oranges, lemons, raisins and nuts.

Taste

Consistent with the nose, beautifully rounded and balanced. Very elegant with all the herbal and fruity notes accompanied by the aromas of wood.

Finish

Long, warming, quite spicy.

Comments

This one is really different than Scotch, there's a whole bunch of aromas that I can't identify, but overall it's a lovely dram.

Mikee Note
less than a year ago
Mikee gave this whisky 89 points

Whiskyfun:

Yamazaki 18 yo (43%, OB, +/-2010) Four stars and a half Another expression that I haven’t tried since 2005 or 2006… But I always loved the 18. Colour: amber. Nose: ah yes, now I remember why I always loved the 18. Perfect balance between richness and sleekness, with myriads of tiny aromas that make it very complex. Many herbs (mint and eucalyptus as often but also sage, rosemary, touches of camphor…) then many fruits, most dried (dates, sultanas), then fabulous whiffs of old pu-erh tea (humus and leather), then old rum, maple syrup, jams… Oh well, it’s really fantastic. Mouth: perfect body even after a whisky that was stronger, with an oiliness, some tea, a little leather, cardamom, other spices, sherry… Granted, it’s probably a little oaky and tannic but it can stand that. Also bitter oranges, ‘green‘ spices, more tea, cinnamon… Finish: medium long, with more berries. Blackcurrants and rich pipe tobacco. Comments: I guess it’s hard to make much more out of 18yo and 43% vol.SGP:652 - 89 points.
Ruud6421 Review note
less than a year ago
Ruud6421 gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
87
Nose
90
Initial taste
87
Body
88
Finish
87
Price
80
Presentation
87
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GlenGabriel Review note
less than a year ago
GlenGabriel gave this whisky 85 points
Weighted Rate
85
Nose
86
Initial taste
82
Body
90
Finish
87
Price
78
Presentation
85
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Overall rating All versions
392 member votes
88.74
Average review ratings All versions
Weighted Rate
87.45
Nose - Aroma
88.60
Initial taste
88.53
Body
88.87
Finish
88.40
Price
80.47
Presentation
85.27
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