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

€ 139.99

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Whisky Reviews for Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve

82 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.74 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. The_Osprey scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Yamazaki Distillers Reserve 43%.

    Golden yellow.

    Aroma dried apricot, grapefruit peel, lemon biscuit, pleasant fruity spirit. Lots more apricot.

    Taste is easy, rounded, good balance of spirit and wood and bottled at a good ABV for the character. Touch of eggnog. Indistinct fruits and biscuits. Fruity Japanese character with a little touch of char and black pepper into the finish.

    The sort of whisky that you finish drinking before you've finished thinking about the whisky. You could just drink lots of this. 3.55/85

  4. YD84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Loads of fresh red berries intermingled with orchard fruits and vanilla. Ginger. A little floral. Hint of chocolate. A wonderfully balanced dram let down slightly by a confectionery cherry note on the finish. Thankfully a couple of drops of water mellows the cherry note, though that comes at the expense of a slightly lighter mouthfeel. Wow, this took me by surprise. Delicious.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. stkw123 scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    Very soft, without a drop of water full, caramel, vanilla, slightly burning

    With a drop of water a lot looser, wood, then caramel / vanilla, light aftertaste

  6. kikkerneve scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

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

  7. Feorag86 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Toppas, semolina pudding, spring onions, Orange Zeitung, fudge, honey, vanilla beans, hay and sage
    • Taste
      82 82
      Shortbread, peppermint, ginger, nutmeg, oily and chili
    • Finish
      84 84
      Overbrewed green tea, Mentos, seaweed and custard

  8. 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.

  9. erwinnlim scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Value (£50) : 2/10

  10. WhiskyRanked scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    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.


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