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 164.99$ 202.94£ 128.69
Uncolored Non-chillfiltered
Mikee Note
a couple of months 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
a couple of months ago
Ruud6421 gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
87
Nose
90
Initial taste
87
Body
88
Finish
87
Price
80
Presentation
87
GlenGabriel Review note
a couple of months ago
GlenGabriel gave this whisky 85 points
Weighted Rate
85
Nose
86
Initial taste
82
Body
90
Finish
87
Price
78
Presentation
85
granderson Review note
a couple of months ago
granderson gave this whisky 85 points

hard to mark because it is so different from Scottish malts ,,,
Nose is strong with airfix glue, pine resin, eucalyptus yet sherry sweet..
Similar to Old pultney 21 - smooth sweet arrival but lighter less oily body, short and unremarkable dry finish. This is front loaded and impressive big oak and sherry and retains a lot of panda food thoughts.
water exposes floral notes as usual and more wood (why am I thinking bamboo instead of oak, is the source getting to me?) on the nose but doesn't really dent the zesty flavour. Remains medicinal in the finish. Lovely & different but too expensive!

Weighted Rate
78
Nose
81
Initial taste
93
Body
91
Finish
84
Price
34
Presentation
51
DunklerRabe Note
a couple of months ago
DunklerRabe gave this whisky 90 points

Amazingly complex, full bodied, sweet and smooth in nose and taste.
The finish brings some oak which nicely balances the sweetness and smoothness.

Really another step up from the very good 12yo and worth the money, although it is really expensive for a 18yo.

GLEN MAUR Review note
less than a year ago
GLEN MAUR gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
89
Nose
87
Initial taste
90
Body
88
Finish
89
Price
86
Presentation
92
Erik Elixer Tasting note
less than a year ago
Erik Elixer gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Russetmuscat
Nose

pine resin, vanilla, saw dust, juicy fruits and creamy - advocaat

Taste

oily, chocolate, fruity - apricot, vanilla, tobacco, leather and spices - white pepper and paprika

Finish

medium drying with spices - nutmeg and white pepper, herbs and woody

Comments

tasted with J J

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FineSpirits_butler1 Review note
less than a year ago
FineSpirits_butler1 gave this whisky 87 points

Woderful on the nose - complex and a beautiful density.

Taste is interesting and quite surprising - spice and fire - with many fruits!
Later in the finish there are overwhelming hints of sweetness plus the tartness of oak and dark chocolate ...

Recommendable - worth the money.

For further information see the tasting note of Armin Fuchs.
Weighted Rate
87
Nose
88
Initial taste
88
Body
88
Finish
88
Price
83
Presentation
86
Armin Fuchs Review note
less than a year ago
Armin Fuchs gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
89
Nose
93
Initial taste
87
Body
88
Finish
92
Price
84
Presentation
85
Armin Fuchs Tasting note
less than a year ago
Armin Fuchs gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Chestnutoloroso sherry
Nose

Eucalyptus, toffee, vanilla, cinnamon, strawberry, grape, apricot, cherry, plum, apple sauce, raisins, citrus, tangerine, parsley root, Algae, Sherry, spices, hair tonic, oak (interwoven), nut chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee (cappuccino), pepper, floral scented water, rose water, furniture polish, some peppermint (?), later wood and spicy herbs

Taste

fiery (!), and fresh, sherbet (fizzy), vanilla, wood as a background, very spicy, sour cherries, tart apples, citrus, orange juice, dry feeling, lemon peel, coffee, dark chocolate, eucalyptus, salt, soil (?), something pickled plum shell, raw black pepper, peat idea (?), slight bitterness

Finish

very long!

chocolate, coffee, vanilla, lemon, pure lemon juice, tart, oak background, spice with sharpness, herbs, fruit sweetness in the background, dry palate and simultaneously wet tongue, hair tonic, caramelized apples, bitter oranges, some licorice, peppery, tobacco, leather (?), rum, tangerins, some mint flavour, too.
Comments

Very complex nose!

On the tongue fiery - with every drum more and more!
Long finish!
The smooth character of a first class Japanese Single Malt -
very recommendable stuff!

Tasting with FineSpirits_butler1.
(… and with W. Wolf and his friend Wootan Hippo van Rheen.)
6 bottles found in the Marketplace

6on sale

Low as
€ 160.00

Overall rating All versions
348 member votes
88.74
Average review ratings All versions
Weighted Rate
87.42
Nose - Aroma
88.77
Initial taste
88.54
Body
89.08
Finish
88.46
Price
79.54
Presentation
84.92
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