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£ 154.80
Uncolored Non-chillfiltered
Rom Note
less than a month ago
Rom gave this whisky 88 points

Nez bien marqué par le café, aussi du caramel, cacao et pointe de praliné.

Bouche fortement caféinée, très clean, suggestion de fraise des bois.

inale moyenne sur du café puis un boisé bien présent mais classe.

Bien fait, j’aime beaucoup ce profil.

Vidar Review note
less than a month ago
Vidar gave this whisky 85 points
Weighted Rate
85
Nose
89
Initial taste
83
Body
83
Finish
88
Price
72
Presentation
92
Vidar Tasting note
less than a month ago
Vidar gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Russetmuscat
Nose

unglaublich warm und weich, großzügig mit Orangenlikör aromatisierte Trüffelschokolade, Karamellnoten wandeln sich in Vanille, samtige Eichenwürze nach Zimt, Muskat und Walnuss, malzige Töne, nach einiger Zeit finden sich auch salzige Anklänge

Taste

erst harmonischer Orangenlikör, dann jedoch sofort sehr würzige und mächtige Eiche die auch alkoholische Schärfe mit sich zieht, ein Hauch Minzcreme und wieder Trüffelschokolade

Finish

herbes Eichenholz mischt sich mit Zartbitterschokolade, interessanterweise leichter Rauch, vertrocknete Orangenscheiben, später alte Walnusskerne, ölige Süße mit maritimen Aromen, insgesamt lang und wärmend

Comments

Komplex mit vielen schönen Nuancen. Braucht sich vor den Schotten dieser Altersklasse nicht zu verstecken. Vielversprechend in der Nase und überraschend lang im Abgang.

Ciro Review note
less than a month ago
Ciro gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
87
Nose
90
Initial taste
86
Body
86
Finish
88
Price
82
Presentation
84
thijs100 Tasting note
about 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
a couple of months 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
a couple of months 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
a couple of months 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!

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Low as
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Overall rating All versions
405 member votes
88.77
Average review ratings All versions
Weighted Rate
87.26
Nose - Aroma
88.71
Initial taste
88.06
Body
88.35
Finish
88.35
Price
80.06
Presentation
85.59
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