Yamazaki 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Malt Whisky
Stated Age
12 years old
American, Spanish & Japanese Oak Cask
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
04 feb 2018 4:27 pm by Schoemi

Average value

€ 231.99

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12 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Yamazaki 12-year-old

4 users have left 4 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.44 points.

  1. VanOpek scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Yamazaki 12 Years is a whisky aged in ex-bourbon, ex sherry and Japanese mizunara oak barrels. It is an interesting and quite expensive bottle. However, the high prices of Japanese whisky are something we are used to. Yamazaki is one of the oldest distilleries in Japan. Bottled in 43% strength and natural color.

    A great composition of dry herb and wood aromas with the aromas of fresh fruit and the roundness of sherry
    • Nose
      84 84
      light, full-bodied, sweet and rich with a lot of fruitiness, sherry, heather honey, dark fruits, after a while a lot of chocolate
    • Taste
      85 85
      mild but full of flavour, very sweet, hints of apples, pears, a subtle note of oak, slightly cereal, buttery with bitter herbs, bitter chocolate/ cocoa, rounded and complex
    • Finish
      85 85
      fruity and mineral with reminiscence of tobacco, bee wax, malty-sweet in aftertaste, very smooth and pleasant

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  3. 88bamboo did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    A truly evocative whisky that is very much part of the full whisky experience. It is not only the cornerstone of Japanese whisky, but is certainly one you must try to complete your understand of whisky in full.

    Although it now enjoys its reputation as almost a nomenclature in the whisky world and maybe even Japanese culture, it has really stood the test of time and has consistently proved itself a wonderfully complete whisky. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, you’re not ever going to say no to a Yamazaki 12.

    Link to Review: https://88bamboo.co/blogs/the-bamboo-post/yamazaki-12-year-old
    • Nose
      Colour. Maple syrup or manuka honey gold.

      On the nose. Just as it is on the eyes, you get sweet honey – dollops of it. Quickly you find the honey is merely just the coating on what is essentially a massive fruit orchard. Right in the forefront you immediately find wonderfully fruity scents of red apples, honeydews, apricots, peaches – really, really fruity stuff.

      The fruitiness is so fragrant that it almost comes off as perfumery, or perhaps what would be the equivalent of nosing a freshly blossomed flower. Plumerias, jasmines, frangipanis come to mind. The aromatics are really on point.

      On subsequent nosing, other more delicate notes appear, you get a light dusting of cinnamon. There is a light crispness of pears and white grapes (y’know that crunchiness) followed by a slight tartness.

      Alongside that is just a very gentle waft of smoke, but a very sweet, fragrant one, which is most likely the sandalwood notes from the Mizunara oak talking. It’s gentle, polished agarwood with just a slight singe – the leftover plumes when you blow out some incense sticks.

      And just to round it off there’s a slight bitterness of cocoa powder, which again I think comes from the Mizunara, so the influence here is certainly noticeable. It’s very light and approachable, very delicate and bright, and for the most part a real fruit basket.
    • Taste
      The palate. A lot lighter weight than you’d imagine, it’s thinner than most whiskies so less chewy in the mouth. Very fruity still, but more on the tropical fruit side of things because of the citrus notes that come through. Oranges, grapefruit, yellow kiwis, and maybe some apple or pear fruit jam. The sweet fruity notes have more depth here in contrast to on the nose, where they were a lot brighter.

      It continues to be fragrant, both with the sweet smokiness as well as the florals. Vanilla, caramel, and pastries form the body. It is still very honeyed and kind of feels like adult (spiked?) jasmine green tea.

      One thing that really stands out here is that there is really a good balance with these flavors (a testament to Suntory’s prowess in blending), because you are mixing 3 or 4 different Yamazaki styles but yet there really is no sharp edges to be found. It is very rounded and shall I say harmonious? If anything, there is obviously a clear bias towards the sweet, fruity, florals which almost makes it feel like a dessert spirit.
    • Finish
      The finish is very delicate but very long and warming as well. The smokiness continues to linger even as the palate recedes. But all throughout you still get very fragrant touches of oriental spice, with little notes of clove, cardamom, black pepper, star anise, and light bits of fresh pine shavings.

      It’s heartening that the fruits remain as well, but more on the drying side now, with some tannins showing – reminiscent of Turkish apple tea. Dried tropical fruit slices such as oranges and kiwis round the finish off.

  4. Nick_Lemmens scored this whisky 80 points Member Junior

    Intensity + taste:
    Smell: 2/5, fresh fruit, floral, sweet
    Taste: 2/5, spicy, roasted, woody
    Body: light / medium
    Finish: Medium, warm, sweet

  5. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84


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