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 101.33$ 137.81£ 80.05
Uncolored Non-chillfiltered
FineSpirits_butler1 Review note
less than a month ago
FineSpirits_butler1 gave this whisky 89 points

Woderful on the nose - highly complex and a beautiful density.

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

Highly recommendable - worth the money.

For further information see the tasting note of Armin Fuchs.
Weighted Rate
89
Nose
92
Initial taste
88
Body
88
Finish
90
Price
83
Presentation
86
Armin Fuchs Review note
less than a month 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 month 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.)
ricallende Review note
about a month ago
ricallende gave this whisky 93 points

I love whisky because of whiskies like this! What a nice stuff!

Weighted Rate
93
Nose
92
Initial taste
93
Body
93
Finish
96
Price
90
Presentation
92
numen Tasting note
about a month ago
numen gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Amontillad
Nose

heavy sherry influence, but not a bomb. There's a slight salty-smokiness (think lapsang souchong). Anise, menthol, dates, diced dried fruit, and soft mint close it out.

Taste

initially sweet, followed by oak (a little drying, but playing well off the background of a creme-based dessert with honey). Some sherry, but also malt, and almost a Highlands sense about it. Thick for 43%. Some fresh green cardomom and black pepper as well.

Finish

the oakiness comes out a bit more, turning the sweetness to leather, espresso, and very dark chocolate. the smokiness returns, balancing the sweetness.

Comments
Gearmailteach Tasting note
a couple of months ago
Gearmailteach gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Deep copper
Nose

Auf Anhieb schleicht sich Lemon Curd in die Nase. Hinter den Zitronen kommen Orangen- und Aprikosenmarmelade zum Vorschein. Dunkle Fruechte und eine schwere, wuerzige Eichennote gesellen sich hinzu.

Taste

Warm und cremig-sueß beruehrt der Yamazaki die Zunge. Direkt dahinter viel Wuerze und Sherry-Aromen. Dunkle Fruechte und brauner Zucker.

Finish

Lang und trocken mit Sherrytoenen und Eiche.

Comments

Blumig-fruchtig, zugleich sherrytoenig-wuerzig. Ein runder und ausgewogener Malt.

iDad Review note
a couple of months ago
iDad gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
88
Nose
91
Initial taste
89
Body
90
Finish
90
Price
77
Presentation
87
I`ve been on the whisky diet — I`ve already lost three days!
Hvdree Review note
a couple of months ago
Hvdree gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
89
Nose
90
Initial taste
90
Body
89
Finish
90
Price
86
Presentation
88
islaysimple Note
a couple of months ago
islaysimple gave this whisky 87 points

du nez à la finale, c'est des raisins secs, fruits secs, chocolat et orange sanguine
très puissant, très bien structuré, très bon
ça manque un peu de fantaisie, de surprise, un peu trop linéaire

la bouteille que j'ai bu récemment m'a déçu : la bouche était moins complexe qu'il y a 3-4 ans et pourtant le prix, lui, a fortement augmenté (+30%)


Banzai Review note
less than a year ago
Banzai gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
87
Nose
87
Initial taste
88
Body
90
Finish
88
Price
80
Presentation
87
De gustibus et coloribus non est disputandum
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Low as
€ 135.00

Overall rating All versions
298 member votes
88.60
Average review ratings All versions
Weighted Rate
88.70
Nose - Aroma
90.44
Initial taste
88.78
Body
89.00
Finish
89.44
Price
84.00
Presentation
87.67
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