Yamazaki 12-year-old

Overall rating
86.23/100
votes
246
Whiskybase ID
WB164100
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Malt Japanese Whisky
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
American, Spanish & Japanese Oak Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
New Box Design
Barcode
4901777020313
Added on
21 aug 2020 5:32 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 238.31

46 × in wishlist

246 × member ratings

18 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Yamazaki 12-year-old

28 users have left 28 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.23 points.

  1. huangshantong scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    It is a good choice for parties, meals, small gatherings, and entertainment. It may not be that top-notch, but it doesn't have any major drawbacks, and it's a well-balanced and comfortable choice.

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    • Nose
      87 87
      Refreshing fruit, honey, apple and scented tea, the alcohol is weak, the smell is very detailed, but the overall trend is lighter, it is still quite resistant to smell
    • Taste
      88 88
      Honey, scented tea, ripe grapes, red apples, cakes, a touch of ocean, also a touch of smoky, cheers
    • Finish
      85 85
      Short, but well-balanced and comfortable, barely irritating, very sweet, another drink

  2. MickMatrix scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. ThorstenH scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Interesting nose, Mon Cherrie, Rum Raisin. In the mouth and finish is then over. There's not much more to come.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  4. Totoro scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Reminds me a bit of the Balvenie Doublewood, just more fragrant, almost perfumed, and somehow even thinner on the palate despite the additional 3% ABV.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Starts with a surprising glue / varnish note, is that from the sherry casks? Nicely layered nose, you can feel that there's a variety of casks in the mix. Nutty and savory sherry, sweet and fruity bourbon, and floral / fragrant Japanese oak (would that be Mizunara or are there other varieties? Asking for a friend...). Laid back and unobtrusive, but with enough subtleties and depth to keep your interest.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Mostly on the sour side of the flavor spectrum, with some forays into sweeter and spicier realms. An idea of woodsmoke hovers in the background. Very watery, though, which prevents a higher score.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Short, mildly spicy, with some sherry and indeed a touch of smoke.

  5. Killswitch scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. Seanzhang scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. Jimbeau scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. 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.

  11. Tordeaux scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. JBKwb scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. MrDvorak scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Perfectly balanced, rather sweet and creamy
    w/ notes of pancakes with peanut butter followed by honey custard and flowers.

    RATING: 89pts – |87 – 89 (B+) → Great| — Always nice to have a bottle of this.

  14. StephenG scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. Ficelli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  16. JimJaws scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Better than expected, only the price is way too high for a 12 year old.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  17. ConvalRen scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Boring.

  18. adriank scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  19. sarthur71 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  20. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Floral honey custard with nutty pancakes, apple pie and chocolate bananas.

    RATING: 89pts - [n22,t23,f22,b22] → |86-89: Remarkable|

  21. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Really nice nose, but the palate is strangely bitter.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Very perfumy aroma of fruits and flowers, very surprising for 12 years old.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Smooth, I feel the strange bitter note as maybe black tea bitter, ends with a hint of smoke.
    • Finish
      85 85
      A little bit of smokiness and bitterness.

  22. Chicho Skrudj scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  23. vlad78 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Good, fruity, sweet as lemonade, whisky, with a wide range of aromatic associations.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Carbonated lemonade, apricot jam, jam. Some fresh, broken Apple branches. Peking duck on firewood from an Apple tree. Fruit essence.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet, grassy, a little lavender and soap.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Sweet, like brushing your teeth with baby bath gel.

  24. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Smell: There is no sense of alcohol, red date cake, sweet malt, elegant oriental wood, middle section, vanilla cream, oak, donuts, northeastern dumplings dipped in vinegar, Chinese tea at the end, and light pickles.

    Drink: The taste is refreshing, light, no irritation, oak, juice, tea.

    Feel: easy to drink, sweet, no flaws

  25. matfrl scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  26. maltandgrains scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Decent whisky at the price!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet and subtle. Floral and nutty.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Immediately quite light, but it develops nicely on the tongue. Sweet and slightly spicy at the same time.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium long.

  27. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

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