Yamazaki 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Malt Whisky
Stated Age
12 years old
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
United States United States
Added on
30 dec 2011 4:42 pm

Average value

€ 325.16

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Whisky reviews for Yamazaki 12-year-old

14 users have left 16 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.73 points.

  1. Gronqvist scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Hard to put a finger on, but still, a little too simplistic. 

    Something missing - worth 85 point.

    Tasted : 9. March 2014.
    • Nose
      Sugared with nut oil, apricot, orange zest, caramel, jasmine vanilla, honey, a little apples, cinnamon and muscovado sugar. 
    • Taste
      Smooth and soft with good sweetness, citrus, tropical fruits, a little rum, candy, honey, malt, cloves and cedar wood.
    • Finish
      Medium length with notes of pineapple, apricot, dry wood, a little sherry and slightly bitter and a dry end.

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  3. BluePeat scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Purchased this one about six years ago for $75, right before it became a ballot only item at local shops. It has similarities to the Hibiki 17, but much lighter and more muted. Sweet, creamy, and floral on the nose. Honeyed with some vanilla and spices. More of the same creaminess and vanilla on the palate with apple cinnamon. Short-medium finish of baking spices. The experience varied each time I tried the bottle, some better days than others when I would have scored it lower. At another fraction of the current prices, a worthwhile purchase. Definitely would score lower if I paid over $200 though. Went well after a Japanese ramen dinner.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. Beatroute Malt scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tried one that was bottled 2004 (not on WB as I can see), but unless the profile differs much: Peppery, liquid honey, hay, grass, dry licorice, ash, damp leather, sulphur. Unusual acquaintance.

  5. 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.

  6. Yomimita scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Claudio + Cats scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    from the "good Yamazaki" the cheapest. He does not come close to the 18s, but is much better than the 10yr, which is nothing. A good whisky also for guests. You have something right, so you do not have to be ashamed. Nevertheless, do not spend too much on bananas who probably can not appreciate expensive whiskys.

    in German: Tsu drinke good. Cat drinking nothing, woman drinking and Kollega. mer gutt than 10yr that nothing good. Taste like wood candy, with nothing to it. Breis is ok, but fil more expensive, dan nix mer buy that. make little drunk, must saufn almost half pulle. drink ganse pulle, you then "remangé", that is French, are automatically zurukessen, comes alone. Since all wisgi schmekke, abr nothing fröide.

  8. Basil Byttebier scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    This whisky tastes like a creamy ripe fruit. The nose reminds me of springtime when everything is blooming.  Different fruits like Apple, orange, apricot combined with flowers and honey. 

    When tasting it feels like satin touching the tongue: an oh so creamy texture that gives a very soothing feeling. The body is an extension and a confirmation of the nose.

    It ends rather dry but sweet and more fruit,sugar,vanilla before it gently slips away like it was never there. 

    This whisky made me smile, happy and springtime would be an excellent season to enjoy this. Late hot summer eves would also be interesting. 
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  10. webdiver scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      85 85

  11. Alex did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "Both Suntory YAMAZAKI 12- and 18- year old single malts are aged in casks of three different kinds of oaks: American, Spanish and Japanese. This gives Suntory Whisky its unique quality. Each drink has a distinct taste. The 12-Year is a medium-bodied whisky with the aromas of dried fruits and honey. It has a delicate, mellow taste with a lingering, woody, dry finish." - Distillery



  12. drkrylov scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Aged in casks of three different kinds of oaks: American, Spanish and Japanese.

  13. drkrylov scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Flowery. Fresh herbs. Biscuity.
    • Taste
      Lightly clean and sweet. Honeyed. Intense.
    • Finish
      Burst of concentrated perfumy sweetness, balanced by cereal-grain notes and Japanese oak.

  14. drkrylov scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      85 85

  15. Master Quill scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Score is for a bottle from 2006 (75cl)

  16. hsmithjr scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A good introduction into the world of Japanese whisky.
    • Nose
      Honey over vanilla ice cream. Soft sherried notes. Fruit gums.
    • Taste
      Soft and supple. Perhaps a bit too soft. Ripe fruits and honey. Some mild oak. Vanilla?
    • Finish
      Medium. Leaves a little too soon. Cabernet and tobacco.


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