Yamazaki 1984

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Vintage Malt
Sherry Butt
56.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 Sep 2011 6:00 am

Average value

€ 4.835,46

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14 × member ratings

9 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Yamazaki 1984

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.67 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur


    I remember the ‘dad noises’ that flew around the room when this was presented by Shinji Fukuyo of Suntory at the Three Masters masterclass back in 2016 - a masterclass where, for the first time ever, I lost my entire event’s notes. Incredibly, many people had left their samples almost completely untouched, allowing me to acquire a further sample for a later retrospection. From memory this was the highlight of the 9 dram flight.

    N: Colour-wise it’s as dark as prune juice, whilst nose-wise there’s a soft integration/cohesion to the whole. Moving closer in, we’ve deep yet soft & saturated wood oils with sugary shoe polish, dried smoked meats [honeyed, lightly peppered], dusty icing sugar, a dusty vegetable stir-fry freshness, soot - dusty soot, more sweet smokey meats, leather bound [music] books slowly burning in the fire,…. That’ll do nicely.
    F: Rich yet relaxed, viscous yet flowing sweet woody honeyed/syrupy fruits with more shoe polish, ashy soot, malty sherried/syrupy candles,…
    T: ...into a malty-savoury-sweet, soft-fresh, ashy sootiness concluding with a smokey armagnac and a touch more ashy/sooty shoe polish - quite some repetition in there I know. Fairly bitter char notes and sherry tannins at the last with a few different fruits in various forms popping out from behind the curtain for the final bow. I’d be interested to know the ppm of this one.
    C: Intense and distinct whisky indeed. Whilst the cask and its char remain profile dominant, there remains an overall cohesion.Scores a B+

  2. Claudio + Cats scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Wow, the absolute hammer! Extremely good, a great experience to have drunk. Unfortunately very expensive, otherwise I would buy it together. Some of the best I ever had in my glass as a whisky. Top 10.
    Similarly, I found the Shimaji Mizunare Yamazaki, which is unfortunately not listed on WB. I even give 98 points. I have a picture of an empty bottle. The full bottle had no etiquette. Is not an official bottle that was on sale. Terrific. Yamazaki are simply the best.

  3. ChungLin scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    There are 2 batches of vintage malt retail version , 2004 and 2005. Both batches are mostly the same (as I was told they used the same malt and they share the same porduct code, I tried both 1986 batches, no difference!), but some yamazaki fans rated the first batch slightly better. Anyway, 1984 is the best of the Vintage Malt series, and it is a winner of a MMA gold medal and the 'Ne Plus Ultra' award for the highest-scoring
    whisky tasted in the competition. A first for Japanese whisky. A Legend indeed!!! I have tasted a sample from friend and it is truly brilliant. I have tried some 1984 owner casks and cask of yamazaki, but this one is amazing and even better. Seiichi Koshimizu has claimed that they used only the best oloroso sherry cask in this vintage. Like its colour(one of the darkest yamazaki), it is very concentrated with all the sherry goodness. It has very big nose and is very complex, multidimensional and yet very balanced. You have to like chocolate (It has huge dark chocolate notes), otherwise don't try to find one. Best sherried yamazaki tried by now. Hard to find and even the price is crazy now, maybe the most expensive vintage malt bottle besides 1979 vintage...

  4. mmaclean scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The first vintage Suntory Yamazaki offered in the U.S. A portion of this

    whisky is aged in Japanese oak. Heavy aroma, with lush sherried fruit

    and deep juicy oak, marrying with firmly dry and spicy oak resin (the

    Japanese oak influence is obvious). This same profile follows through on

    the palate: ripe berried fruit, raisin, blackberry jam, plum spiced

    with cinnamon, vanilla spearmint, roasted nuts and gripping leather. All

    this, lying on a bed of molasses and toffee. The Japanese oak really

    kicks in on the invigoratingly spicy, warm, resinous finish. Quite

    elderly in nature, but remains very exciting and dynamic, even with all

    the oak.


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