Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Malt Whisky
Bordeaux Wine & Sherry Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
12 Mar 2014 7:22 pm by Stijn

Average value

€ 107.75

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499 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve

78 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.76 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 85 points Super Administrator

    Japanese whiskies are nowadays either fake or ridiculously expensive, and even NAS expressions like the Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve are hard to find. Fruity, rich and not overtly young, the nose offers papaya, exotic spices and lemon cream, enriched by sandalwood, peach and a floral scent. The arrival has a bit of a nip, but the taste quickly improves with notes of strawberries, grapefruit and menthol. Peppery spices, tannins and evolving dryness from the Bordeaux casks drive the intense finish. It's a very decent dram, although light years behind the 12-year-old.

    RATING: 3.7/5.0 stars ≙ 85 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE [+]
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. wisekycourse scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A dram that looks like a good Japanese blend, but that does not bring a personal characteristic, which is forgotten quickly, in short, it becomes more a whisky to thirst for me!
    • Nose
      wood, minty scent, orange
    • Taste
      velvety, fruity not very distinctive, on bitter orange, rather dry wood, a floral side, it smells young and fresh!
    • Finish
      short, on the same aromas, and monolithic

  3. Saftkenner scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A nice bottling that closes the gap between the 10-year-old and the 12-year-old. A little better and also more complex than the 10-year-old, but less complex and full than the 12-year-old. The red wine barrels provide that "certain something".
    In 2016 I got a bottle for 65 € from a dealer in Austria. It now costs almost as much as the 12-year-old. You have to think carefully about it ... As a supplement, it is quite nice.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Needs warmth to open up. Then very nice flowery and fruity. Orange, vanilla, cinnamon, mint, ripe cherries and red currants, peach, light oak spice.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Orange, cherry, honey, oak seasoning, pickled strawberries here come the red wine barrels ...), beeswax, cinnamon and mango.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium-long finish. What remains is a slight oiliness with vanilla, cherry and oak spice.

  4. Double Barrel scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    It's been a while since i emptied this one!
    The only thing i can precisely remember about it was the sort of salty kick you get sipping it. Reading the comments today, it seems like only 3/4 people share this "salty" feeling about this drop!!!

  5. erwinnlim scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Value (£50) : 3/10

  6. WhiskyRanked scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    This whisky is a rather non-descript Japanese whisky. BUT... BUT... if you leave it set for an hour or so the nose turns into the richest caramel nose of any whisky I've ever had. Currently I can pick this bottle up for ~110 Euro... and it might be worth it just for the nose.

  7. Gregers scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Decent enough bottling, but not too happy about all those winy notes.

    Review: https://youtu.be/HW4TR1KASLM
    • Nose
      78 78
      Clear red wine notes, plum jam, earthy notes, cherries, strawberries, dried fruits, toffee, leather, lots of fruit marmelades, light furtniture polish. Different, but not great.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Light sweetness, different spices, oak and wood spices, nutmeg, dried herbs, especially rosemary, again the winy notes also. Second chew brings a bit more sweetness, sweet pear juice, white fruit, cherries, then a light hint of smoke, tobacco leaves, and spearmint. Also some toffee. Third chew brings ripe banana, bitter banana skins, more smoke, dates. Ultimately too many fresh and dried fruits, it gets quite messy.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Semi-dry, warm, still a confusing fruit cocktail, lime syrup, mint, toffee, banana skins. Decent enough, but again, not great.

  8. ZeSaimen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Nice solid Japanese. In the meantime, however, too expensive for what it offers.
    At least for me. But what do I know ...
    • Nose
      87 87
      At the beginning nutty aromas, interwoven with plums and red fruits such as B. Cherries. After a while, vanilla and pineapple / kiwi will appear.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Slight tingling on the tongue (not unpleasant) the cherry and plum spreads moderately sweet in the mouth. A bit of woody flavor is added without exaggerating.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The fruits and the spice linger together for a while, before the fruits then say goodbye and let the wood spice take over the stage with a few sour and bitter tones. I can also perceive a little liquorice next to the fruit. Overall, the aftertaste is medium long.

  9. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Not something I would buy and drink, even at the local pricing in Japan.

  10. bakerman scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84


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