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Yamazaki 18-year-old

Overall rating
89.06/100
votes
1104
Whiskybase ID
WB164176
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Malt Whisky
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Sherry, Bourbon, Mizunara Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
山崎
Barcode
4901777126039
Added on
23 aug 2020 2:10 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 1451.81

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1104 × member ratings

3669 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Yamazaki 18-year-old

176 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.06 points

  1. Claudio + Cats scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    This is one of the best whiskys under 1000 Euro. He is much better than the Sherry Cask 2013 or 2009, which I have open. I like to repeat it - it is still a bargain !!! In 2 years, there are no more under 600-700. in 5 years it is around 800-1000. There are not many Scotch that can hold the water. Sure, there are even better ones - the Yamazaki 25yr. eg. Unfortunately I could never try the 35s and 50s. They are not only expensive because they are rare, but because they are good. The 25th is the blood of Zeus! But every glass from the 18s is also a poem. I am happy about anyone who sells the bottle for me cheap, when it is too expensive. Many do not describe it that bad. But if you love oranges, you should eat oranges and not pineapple! They do not taste like oranges! The Yamazaki 18 outshines any "Glen Fart". Also all ashtray smoke columns from "Ei la", although I have some old Bowmore, from 25j. certainly appreciate too. On Neudeutsch: You vrkoff dise me bilig, the good crass man, ig buy. Nothing frog that no anung, only know brikket what is cheap fusel. You write shit fon mash, ha ha you do not heel-e of guttwiski dise. Crass, old. For that gans sigger have Schoiler on VW Disel, what is my ferari, has mer ps as trabi bratmaxe east. Why do you drink a drink because nothing annoys, better dribble others like ashtrays and shit from usakanada, the big booze. Cost only 25 dolar, only. He is in a hurry, say why! Beser leave yama18 for egsbert, that's what's in it. Also what write dise formir, with English fruit cake and so shit, everything is kuatsch. drink wiski was schmekke wi wiski nix jungschool this. the better saufe gen in apoteke, there drink what kreuter also has mint. is full of crass shit say. Ei gaff dise Wisgi 93 puffed.

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    the adhesive note too pungent and too superficial, that bites with the beautiful sweet and fruity aromas, these two components do not harmonize as it should, there is no interplay between the 2 directions
    • Nose
      At first I only have bourbon, vanilla and glue
      then comes soft, delicate sherry scent, dry cherries, the adhesive note remains as a constant companion
      dried herbs, mugwort
      English fruit cake with some rose oil the dusty dry of dried fruit and dried herbs - a sulfur note - for me very pleasant leave:
      Coconut milk with mint and a nice hint of camphor, leather and sweet dried fruits
      the glue stays on all the time
    • Taste
      Adhesive note and light alcohol in the beginning
      then it becomes softer and slightly fruity and sulfur, leather, very soft sweetish wood, camphor, some sherry
    • Finish
      dry, medium-long, alcohol, glue, fruit in schnapps, then come the beautiful woody notes and dried fruit, the barrel is very noble with slight sweet notes, a little sherry

  3. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 92 points Super Administrator

    Whisky making as an art - that's the essence of whisky-dō, or 'the way of whisky'. No other Japanese Single Malt reflects this philosophy better than Yamazaki 18. An endless potpourri of flavors overwhelms the nose: luscious, heavy sherry notes, pipe tobacco and sour plums; polished wood, leather and raspberries. The palate offers exotic wood spices, dark chocolate, dried fruits and hints of eucalyptus. Roasted coffee, mild orange zest and a touch of Mizunara oak mark the prolonged finish. An outstanding malt that has become shockingly expensive.

    RATING: 4.5/5.0 stars ≙ 92 pts → SUPERB
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. Pollenflug scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Classic bourbon flavors are slowly finding their way out of my glass. Bright fruits, plenty of vanilla and also a clear adhesive note are present at the beginning. I give the old Japanese plenty of time to breathe. After more than 20 minutes, the unpleasant adhesive note is almost completely gone. The nose is now much more exciting, intense and multi-faceted. Plentiful oranges, grapefruit, red apples, apricots and citrus fruits are additionally supported by light fruits, which easily drift off into the tropical-exotic spectrum. Gentle sherry gods attract attention more than half an hour later. Red fruits (especially cherries), cinnamon, hard-to-define herbs, a hint of mint and spicy notes of wood complete the ever-changing and complex nose.
    • Taste
      The texture of the 18-year-old Yamazaki is pleasantly oily and gentle. The start is full-bodied and surprisingly intense ("only" 43% alcohol content). The tip of the tongue tingles a bit (freshly ground pepper), while a true torrent of aroma to the connoisseur rolls. Juicy blood oranges leave a slightly sourish sting, light and dark fruits, light sherry notes, caramel, dark chocolate, herbs, cinnamon, hints of leather and tobacco as well as intensive wood notes strengthen the varied and exciting variety of aromas. Rarely have I had a malt in the glass that has such balance and harmony. The palate is already a very tender dryness.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, sweet and spicy and warm. Fine orange notes, bright fruits and light sherry notes accompany the harmonious finish with a pinch of pepper. Dark chocolate, herbs, cinnamon and spicy wood notes follow. On the palate remains a slight dryness.

  5. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A great Japanese, I really like it.
    • Nose
      Fruits over fruits: papaya, mango, dragonfruit and plum on custard. The nose is very full and creamy (as far as you can smell creaminess).
    • Taste
      The fruits from the nose are now provided with spices such as cinnamon and cloves. One might think that one perceives the smell of a freshly oiled plank floor. The fruits remain very long and in the mouth and lose only slowly to intensity. There is nothing burning, the alcohol is wonderfully integrated and basically only noticeable by a warming feeling. A true palate flatterer!
    • Finish
      Long finish. The tropical fruits give way and leave grapes and plums the place.

  6. dRambo scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    For me a fragrant dancing masterpiece - the best 18yo ever - he is like a beautiful woman - wants one of all, attention
    • Nose
      93 93
      sweet floral oak, birch water, malt, roux, some glue - but goes more towards tree resin - furniture polish, milk with honey, cotton candy, fine wax, bright fresh sawn oak, sweetgrass magnolia, jasmine tea, vanilla, lychee, oranges, Braeburn apples , ripe fresh flambéed pineapple, yellow kiwi, gooseberries
      The nose is already a small wonder sweet, sour, spicy - waxy ingredients and very creamy oak flavors alternate again and again, pulsate, dance - nose cinema at its best :)
    • Taste
      91 91
      delicately fruity tart, it tingles lightly, nutmeg and birch water, restrained sweet, very spicy, some nutmeg, slightly sour oak, very nice waxy notes, geranium leaves, cut flowers, jasmine tea - very valuable floral, subtle subtle fruitiness - canned pineapple on vanilla coconut cream
    • Finish
      91 91
      Wax, wax, wax, rosemary sharpness, pepper, mint - the sweet-sour fruitiness fades away first - the flower aromas are in the wax film along with delicious oak flavors very long on the tongue

  7. wbarchive_945279 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    What is the problem with the price? Yes, 400€ is a lot of money, but hey folks.....are you looking at the actually whisky prices for an 18 year old "normal" whisky? 

    Look for example to ardbeg....

    the actually 21 ..... about 440+ Euros and not very tasty.....(no 18y but close to)

    the new one from lmdw......ardbeg 18y.....429€.......

    and so on........

    and this one is a winner and a very very delicious whisky.....the others not......

    And in this case the price is for some very "dramtically" for the other bottles not.....why?

  8. Flou scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Finally I have it in my glass, the Yamazaki 18, which has experienced a price explosion and is nowadays no longer reasonably priced. I've heard a lot about this whisky, people who rave about it, people who think it's completely overrated ... time to make up your own mind!

    In the glass, the whisky has a color that looks like dark amber. I let the whisky breathe in the covered glass for a few minutes and then I can't control my curiosity ... let's go!

    In the nose, the Yamazaki is initially quite reserved. I am no longer used to 43% alcohol because I find such a strong dilution deterrent. It lacks strength and volume. I smell a sour fruit that goes in the direction of sour Asian plum in combination with glue. This note is somewhat reminiscent of a bourbon. It is difficult for me to identify the other fruits ... For me it is mainly in a bright and tropical direction. Peaches, limes, Granny Smith apples, orange peels, papaya, sour cherries, plus great floral notes such as Japanese cherry blossoms. Vanilla notes lie above everything and in the background you can see a chocolate with pieces of caramel. The influence of the sherry barrel is more behavior compared to the bourbon barrel. This whisky has none of the heaviness, the boiled red fruits and raisins and dates, as is the case with whiskys that were in a very active sherry barrel. It goes more in the direction I know from whiskys that were in rather drained barrels and these are the citrus notes with apples and sour cherries described above. In the background you can feel the tannins of the barrels with a little pepper, an interesting oak note of the Mizunara barrels, a light spiciness and chocolate. With a little imagination, a Wrigleys extra chewing gum is discreetly perceptible. I'm a bit baffled after smelling ... Is that supposed to be it? Disappointed, I lower my expectations and hardly dare to put the whisky in my mouth. I was hoping for 90+ points when smelling and the whisky can be happy if it still gets 86 points from me. Aiaiai, it's not going well today.

    The whisky looks watered down in the mouth. The fruitiness is back with bright fruits and aromas of citrus fruits, but is quickly dominated by an increasing spiciness with pepper and a hint of ginger. The tannins of the barrels are now clearly noticeable with dark chocolate, chewed hazelnuts and walnuts and a dash of espresso. For me, volume, depth and strength are lacking here. By force I do not mean the alcoholic pungency, which is easily noticeable here if you take a large sip. The tannins are very pleasant, but I find the fruitiness and subtle sweetness disappointing.

    The finish is very much dominated by the tannins, espresso and dark chocolate stick to the palate and the sour plums, which also remind a little bit of glue, still buzz around in the mouth. Everything is sprinkled with a little pepper. The finish is medium long and very pleasant. But can not change my conclusion:

    The current price of over € 500 per bottle is a joke, the whisky is not even worth the € 130 I paid at the time. I had high expectations and was very disappointed.

    I give it 85/100 points and a disappointed face. I know a lot of whiskys for under 80 €, which I like much better.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Gris scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    LOL Neeeever deserves that price! Nice whisky who deserves 88/100 but nothing more! Asking more than 200€ for this is just bullshit!!!

    Claudio "This is one of the best whiskys under 1000 Euro" are you fuckin' serious? If you have too much money just give it to people who know great value for money whiskies XD For less than 1.000€ i can find at least 2 bottles of fantastic 40+ years old whiskies deserving more than 92-93/100 when this one doesn't deserve more than 88/100 and more than 250€...

    (and, by the way, only gay people and assholes love cats)

  11. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    90
    Great balance!
    Nose: casts old school - smoked prunes, old wardrobe with jam, apricot bones ... Wonderful barrels!
    Taste: corresponds to the nose, nothing bulges ... 43% in this nectar is the most!
    Aftertaste: long, soft, pleasant, edible ...

  12. Macheye scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Yamazaki 18 is a world-class rich, rewarding and luxuriant whisky. It has a reputation for a reason - it's pure quality. However, that reputation has pushed the price of this bottle up into the stratosphere, with it now regularly trading hands at auction for £300+ (as of June 2017). Considering when I was a younger lad I used to see shelves of this in the supermarket for around £60 a pop, it's hard to recommend to most people to buy a bottle in the current market conditions

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/yamazaki/yamazaki-18-year-old/
    • Nose
      Pronounced with an immediate air of confidence. Rich apples combined with tropical mango in some form of frangipane pastry-type affair. Ginger and cinnamon along with orange blossom and a air or musky incense provide deeper aromas. Deep and complex.
    • Taste
      Taste: Real viscosity in the body of this whisky. Sherry flavours are upfront with plums, prunes and a smattering or raisans and sultanas - high degree of sweet richness here. Almonds (frangipane right?) provide a discernable nuttiness. Chocolate alongside a real earthy umami flavour. Oak is ever-present, so spicing is heavy but not sharp and favouring cinnamon. Oozes quality.
    • Finish
      Long, warming, earthy and spiced with an ever so slight edge of salinity providing bite.

  13. Claudio + Cats scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    I find the rating of lincolnimp unqualified and wrong. Often only simples and cheap fusel, a few bottles. But nothing from Japan at all. The Yamazaki 18 is a top whisky, very balanced and noble. It's going to get a lot more expensive over the years. On Neudeutsch: The Ami-Auto-imp is like frog his green, nothing stink the Wisgi good, nothing has to say only crummy shit. Willmirber say for opinion is only for pickpocketing, iez ismirubel. The only reason of klassewiskhi does not have a single fon Chapan, just cheap fusel. It's good, that's not good enough, why good.

  14. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  15. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    That nose! Wow, very good. The palate is a bit more pedestrian though. But it can't be denied that this is a very good whisky. Just shy of scoring 90 points in my book.
    • Nose
      Very, very condensed at first, but with plenty of glue and nail polish remover. Very characteristic for Japanese whiskies. Or so I've been told :) If you give it time in the glass, it will reward you. Lots of green banana, brown sugar, red apple. Also mango, apricot, dates and raisins. Some sweet rum, peach and a hint of soy. Very complex. Big thumbs up!
    • Taste
      Tobacco and cinnamon, along with some cloves. The nose is sweeter than the palate appears to be. Coffee, nutmeg and bitter orange. Creamy and mouth coating with some tannins.
    • Finish
      Long, meaty and dry with some wood spices.

  16. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very rich. The strong glue in the nose drags down my score a bit though.
    • Nose
      Red apple, apricot, raspberry, raisin, peach, fig, date, spicy oak, cinnamon, orange, caramel and sherry. All glued together.
    • Taste
      Blueberry, raspberry, fig, raisin, date, orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, almond, caramel, mocha and eucalyptus.
    • Finish
      Cinnamon, sherry, nutmeg, raspberry, raisin, oak, coffee and smoke. Rich finish!

  17. Saftkenner scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    If you take your time, you can have a lot of fun here. This malt offers a truly magnificent spectacle of aromas.
    Unfortunately, this bottle has become alarmingly expensive. Anyone who thinks this whisky isn't worth the high price should know that the normal price before the price explosion triggered by Jim Murray in 2014 was "only" €120.
    • Nose
      92 92
      A very full-looking nose that knows how to reveal very strong and also very delicate aromas. The olfactory notes of dark heavy and light tangy tropical fruits are interwoven.
      Ground vanilla bean, fully ripe and dripping sour cherries, plum jam with cinnamon sugar, tangerines, mango, grapefruit, lively oak spice, resinified tree bark, ripe kiwi and of course the Yamazaki-typical "sticky note" (malicious tongues call it that), which I think is absolutely great, which, however, slowly begins to evaporate after the first 15 minutes in the glass. People who don't like that should give it a lot of time and will definitely get their money's worth.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Strong, sparkling and full for a drinking strength of 43%. Very salivating.
      Strong vanilla load, red pepper, rum pot with cherries and plums, mango, mizunara spice, dark chocolate, cinnamon, dried kitchen herbs (only soft), red currants, toffee, pipe tobacco.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long finish. For the entire first minute after a sip, you can still fish with your tongue for deliciously oily drops in all corners of your mouth.
      Vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, lavender, raspberries, juicy oranges, apricots.

  18. pianoman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Elegant. Candle wax, raisins, blossom honey. Dried apricots, some mint. Marzipan, a touch of coconut milk.
    • Taste
      Creamy. Orange marmalade on toast. White chocolate mousse with almonds. Some caramel. Dark chocolate, a hint of smoke. Dry.

  19. Whisky_Addicted scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: fresh, like air after a downpour, fruit collapse, dust, sour apples, plums, a little bit of white wine, rotten foliage, tree.
    Freshness remains with water, propolis and linden honey appear.
    Taste: watery, sweet-sour, wood, white wine, light bitterness, dry red pepper.
    Finish: long-lasting, warm and astringent. Wood, metal, baked apple, lemongrass, tablet bitterness.
    Conclusion: this is a mix of aging in sherry, bourbon and mizunar. And in my opinion the whisky is stuck somewhere in the middle. At different times, the balance shifts one way then the other.

  20. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    sweetness on the nose and in the mouth!
    fine sherry, very dark fruits, grapes and cherries cooked, macerated, a little sweet as the syrup from the bottom of the pan, the leather (that of the armrest of the old armchair!), the wood also on a dry wood and soaked as "infused", well-flavored spices, pastry!
    the little less, disappointment by the end, more like for me an old blend so everything is good, but without any particularity.

  21. Kongcheeshye scored this whisky 99 points Newbie

    The best!!!

  22. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    definitely, an almost perfect nose with well-marked sherry, well soaked wood, not overcooked fruits, not too dusty raisins, spices not too marked, sweet caramel with a hint of coffee ...
    that we would just say a very good blend finally!

  23. sagara-kun scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Hold, fun. The second bottle of whisky that I paid for my life.
    And I had never put a tasting note.

    Bottle airy since 2013 but it seems to be stable.
    The yama 18 and me it's a little I love you me either. Once in two I find it fade (85/100), one time out of two I like it a lot (88-89 / 100). Today, I like it.
    In both cases: the final always disappoints me a little.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The nose is very attractive, delicate and round.
      We are on sherry.
      Red fruit, cherry, raspberry. Black grapes.
      Nuts. Prune.
      A very light balsamic vinegar.
      Similarly a little bit of solvent.
    • Taste
      89 89
      On the palate a woody is present.
      We continue on dried fruits and dried. From the orange.
      Some petals of dried flowers.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The final is far too short unfortunately. On dried fruits and a veil of wood and smoke.

  24. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Sherry, bourbon & Mizunara casks - what can go wrong?

    C: Sweet-herbal tincture, with strong echoes of the Karuizawa style. Also hugely reminiscent of 'that' Yamasaki Sherry cask, but the marmalade/jammy/syrupy/tincture quality is a tad more refined and less drying. Amazingly intact juice after many years in the bottle, and despite only a dribble left.

    Scores a B+

  25. Gaija scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Sure it's an extremely pleasant dram with these serene red fruits notes, along side high-end black tea, spices, and exotic woods. It's an extremely well-composed sherried malt with nothing too loud or over the top, and at that it definitely is very Japanese indeed. That probably remains my favourite Yamazaki to date (granted, I've only had 5 or 6 different ones), even above the Mizunara.

    That said ... needless to say it's nowhere near worth the obnoxious pricetag it now commands. Everyone tempted to blindly buy this bottle has to be aware of the fact that massive hype and discountinuted-status play a (far too) big role in its price. I remember seeing it in my local shop for 90$ in late 2014. Sigh.

    Anyway, try it if you can, there's something about its "profile composition" that isn't to be found in most Scotch counterparts.

  26. Ailios scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Of course its expensive, it's a discontinued bottling so it's now priced for collectors rather than consumers therefore it's no longer fair or relevant to judge it by its price today.

  27. Andytka3 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nose:-
    Very nutty and oily, abundance of dried fruit notes
    derived from sherry oaks. Apricot syrup. Feints of rubber linger at the background.

    Palate:- Medium body with spice note. Velvet and matured with pleasant woody flavors. Finish:- Smooth and complex with medium long dry finish. Just as you
    think that the end of it, a sudden burst of sweet vanilla risen from
    the throat, offering an unique finishes only from this legendary whisky.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  28. Springfrench scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This 18-year-old Yamazaki is a superb whisky with exceptional richness and precision. His only fault would be a slight lack of power, but it is still excellent.
    • Nose
      very representative of what might be called the "Sherry Monster". In this Yamazaki, 18 years old, we find all the typical markers of aging in sherry casks: coffee, oranges, oranges, dark chocolate, prunes, dried apricots, figs, dates, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, peanuts, cinnamon, cardamom, etc. It's very rich, and it seems sweet and creamy. But, what is good with this Yamazaki 18 years is that it also offers a fresh and vegetal with mint, eucalyptus and some herbs such as tarragon and coriander. We are dealing here with a high-flying nose.
    • Taste
      it is not very powerful, but it is very aromatic. It is delicate and gentle on fine notes of leather, varnish, exotic wood, and in a more gourmet register, figs, dates, apricots and prunes, all in a sweet pastry custard . It is also rich in spices without these being disgusting and too present with cardamom and cinnamon but also aromatic herbs (coriander, mint). It is perfectly balanced, each aroma is in its place and fulfills its role perfectly.
    • Finish
      long and persistent. At once sweet and spicy, creamy and fruity, delicate and fresh, the aromas will remain in the mouth for long minutes before disappearing.

  29. wbarchive_945279 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    If I consider that collectors for the following 18 Yamazaki ( https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/67756/yamazaki-18-year-old ) already pay up to 1000 €, then I keep the mentioned 1000 € in 2 -3 years in the field of the possible. One should note the following with the 18er Limited edition version: There is the same whisky in it, as with the normal 18er too. The rest is just packaging. And to pay for packaging between 400-600 € more is already sporty. Since you may here and there sometimes wonder about the current price development / design.
    Otherwise, the Yamazaki 18 is worth its money. Every cent.....

  30. Claudio + Cats scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    To Yamazaki 18yr I can only say - wow !!! Grandiose taste, unmatched in this price range. I would not be surprised if this whisky cracks the 1000-euro mark in 2-3 years. The full taste, the balance between oak and sherry, terrific. Endless long finish. One of the best whiskys I have ever tasted. That's 10x better than the hyped Sherry Cask 2013. There's even better whisky, but then at lunar prices. The Yamazaki 25yr is still a class better. but also 6x more expensive. I have already drunk many whiskys, including Karuizawa and Hanyu. They are sometimes great, but also more expensive. I do not sell a single one of my 18s, I love them all.
    i like my bottles, one of the very best whisky. Fantastic !!!
    still on new German: You, dude, that's pretty good. Give vil charcoal for that, until makes blatantly drunk. But nothing grabsche fröilein on street ass, you dodel. Je sa jeuer, come even more deuer, know, man. Your old love nothing, if buy for so vil coal, almost cost as new shit in hintrfuckistan, grandma, grandpa, tank, uncle and nephew that has nothing for the crass wiski, ohh is good.

  31. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  32. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    Very drinkable and enjoyable - very good whisky!
    • Nose
      Apricots, blood oranges, ripe bananas, touch of vanilla, apple compot
    • Taste
      Sweet vanilla oak, fruity, peppery, pretty balanced
    • Finish
      Long and fruity, oaky - really no bitterness

  33. maltaholic scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The scent kills me on distance. Vanilla full, juicy oak and fruit flavoring. Gorgeous! Similar in taste to all Yamazaki. Mild, round, you notice the art of whisky burning. Oily, fruity, again the oak, a little sherry. I think you can taste the age over the cask taste. An artwork!

  34. Brix scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    One of my favourites,i don't Understand ratings under 80, because the whisky can't help it.
    In my opinion the Price is too high,but it is one of the best i have ever drunk.
    So i gave him 92 points

  35. Segens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    My expectations were high but they have been fully matched maybe even excelled. For sure a masterpiece of Japanese whisky quality and for me personally the best Japanese whisky I had so far.
    • Nose
      Wow nice one. No alcohol at all. Perfectly balanced! Fruits: oranges pineapple, apples, asian fruits (like lychee), a little bit of oak and vanilla in the back. One of the best noses I had.
    • Taste
      Extremely smooth I also get plums now and still the fruity notes of the nose. Absolutely mouthwatering!
    • Finish
      So After that great start in the nose and is the finish not so enthusiastic. It is a bit wooden and bitter but still long and fruity, but compared to Nose and Taste it is worse. 

  36. Dramlicious scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    After my highly pleasant encounter with the Yamazaki 12 Years Old, I was very eager to test it’s older brother, the Yamazaki 18 Years Old. Without revealing too much in advance: My expectations were met in full and I can definitely understand now why it wins so many awards.

    http://dramlicious.com/worldwide-wednesday-episode-7/

  37. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Rich with mature autumn fruit.

    Color: deep amber

    Nose: raisin, apricot, café au lait, Mizunara (Japanese oak)

    Palate: blackberry, strawberry jam, dark chocolate

    Finish: long, spicy smooth

    Tasting Notes by Yamazaki ( Suntory )

  38. p4blo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This one is really different than Scotch, there's a whole bunch of aromas that I can't identify, but overall it's a lovely dram.
    • Nose
      Very complex and pleasant, lots of spices and herbs coat the sweetness of vanilla, oranges, lemons, raisins and nuts.
    • Taste
      Consistent with the nose, beautifully rounded and balanced. Very elegant with all the herbal and fruity notes accompanied by the aromas of wood.
    • Finish
      Long, warming, quite spicy.

  39. Ruud6421 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  40. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    tasted with J J
    • Nose
      pine resin, vanilla, saw dust, juicy fruits and creamy - advocaat
    • Taste
      oily, chocolate, fruity - apricot, vanilla, tobacco, leather and spices - white pepper and paprika
    • Finish
      medium drying with spices - nutmeg and white pepper, herbs and woody

  41. Ralph Hiltrup scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes from Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)This
    one was matured in sherry casks. The nose is very woody, in a nice way,
    with some varnish, turpentine. A beautiful balance. Some very soft
    tannins. Extremely oaky but masterfully crafted. The mouth is superbly balanced,
    with lots of orange juice and spices. Creamy yet nervous, with all
    sorts of fruit syrups and jams. Besides, the finish is very long. I
    loved this one: 90 points.

  42. Alex scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    My first try of this whisky was in a bar and left me disappointed: sour, bitter, way too oaky.

    This version, bottled on Jan. 17 2012, is a total different story and changed my opinion completely. Luckily, I tried it again!

    My Rate: 91 points
    • Nose
      Ripe dark fruits, sweet, smooth, little sherry, polished japanese oak; very nice
    • Taste
      In line with the nose, rich, mellow and sweet. Ripe fruits. Mildly spiced. The elegant oak is noticeable, but not too invading. Everything is well balanced. Very delicious and easy to drink.
    • Finish
      Long, not changing much, keeps the sweetness and mild spices. Then some tiny smoky notes. The oak never takes over.

  43. Norbs scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    Great whisky, though I think the price is rather high (yes, I'm Dutch)...
    • Nose
      Sherry, red fruit and citrus, a little mint
    • Taste
      Sharp, spicy, mix of bitter and sweet
    • Finish
      Long, woody and a bit smokey

  44. Willie JJ scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is a fascinating dram. I'd love to try it at a higher strength. I
    think that slightly sour edge would come together into something
    altogether richer. Good stuff though. I'd happily drink it anytime.
    • Nose
      Definitely orangey, but there's a slight nail varnish undertone to it if
      you cap the glass and allow the vapours to gather. Not in a bad way
      though. It just adds to the fruity presentation. There's a little
      smoke there too and then the raisins. Some strange
      fruity thing that I don't recognise. The wood presents as cardboard
      and then there's a real underlying gristy malt that comes through. Suggestion of sherry maturation. Its
      hard not to like this.
    • Taste
      Immediate woody-orange impact. The wood is more pronounced here and
      tastes more like wood than cardboard. But the oranges are quite sharp,
      maybe sour. A bit of a green unripe fruit feel to it. The malt is
      there, but you have to hunt for it. Nice but I preferred the nose.
    • Finish
      Now soft fruits, but again I would say they are not quite ripe. They
      cut through the malt and make it hard to pin down, but then a wood spice
      comes in and tempers the sharpness. No actually the sharpness just
      moves further back on the sides of my tongue. The sensation goes on for
      a bit, but is not too long. Oh little flashes of spice and sour at the
      end.

  45. SingleMaltAddicted scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Excellent 18-year old challenge from Japan. Probably the best 18-year old whisky I tried.
    • Nose
      Intense sherry on arrival, a lot of red exotic fruits, cherries in cream, a lot of sweetness.
    • Taste
      Nimm2 sweets, complex, banana creme, malty on the end, grapefruits, some delicate cigar in the background.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, dry, light.

  46. Beatroute Malt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Tried one that was bottled 2004 (not on WB as I can see), but unless the profile differs much: Sherry sweetness, caramel, hay, grass, dry licorice, ash, damp leather, sulphur. Complex & unusual. In a good way.

  47. tueno scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Sold on 18/06/2022 via Catawiki,
    750 euro bid, received 636.56 euro.

  48. SimonOHA scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A delicacy that is both simple and complex. Very pleasant to taste.
    • Nose
      Nose of superb intensity for a reduction. Figs and dried apricots, nice aeration on peach and cherries in syrup. Light varnish. A few scents of dry grass. Hazelnut honey, hint of cinnamon and vanilla. Mango and banana cream.
    • Taste
      Excellent mouth, very fruity on dried fruits and hazelnut juice. Tangerine peel, sprinkled with spices that bring a nice freshness to the whole: cinnamon and nutmeg. Reduction really well done despite a slightly watery side. Mini coppery astringency on the finish, pleasant.
    • Finish
      Chocolate finish, glue brioche, dried stone fruits (peach and plum).

  49. ailean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  50. ailean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  51. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Blenders glass
    A very unusual malt.
    A complex but harmonious combination of edible and non-edible.
    An empty glass smells like chocolate cake.
    Balance 22
    Total 89
    • Nose
      Nose: spicy cheese with noble mold, smoked prunes, honey, old furniture 22
    • Taste
      Taste: spicy but sweet ... with a drop of furniture polish and apricot pits can be clearly heard 23
    • Finish
      Long-lasting, pleasant, warming aftertaste 22

  52. KDD scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

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

  53. Funtik scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

  54. Ghi79kiRd scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very unusual interesting experience
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  55. PRV scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    23/23/23/23

  56. The_Osprey scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Yamazaki 18 Year Old Single Malt Whisky (43%). Why can't I read this distillery name properly instead of 'Yamakazi'? Dark orange. Aroma is intense. Huge pineapple. Slight urinal cake. Almost acetone-like. Kiwi. Very pineapple but in a dirty, adulterated spirit, sort of way. Taste is soft and estery, faint woodiness. Faint spiced dried pineapple. Some booze on the finish. Interesting and hard to get my head around. Seems a lot younger than 18yo. Decent but not quite to my taste. Now selling at around £1000 a bottle. Wow. 3.3/79

  57. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Just a shame it is a beat weak as the cedar notes and sherry work well with the fruitiness of the distillate, very drinkable.

  58. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose and taste excellent old school sherry. Unfortunately, he has no exit at all. What a shame!
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      84 84

  59. Gråmantel scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A good Japanese whisky. Poured this up to write a bit about it after I drank an Aultmore 21, can only say that this one is good much tastier and more-ish.
    • Nose
      Spicy I. Baked apples. Chocolate. Sweet and sour mixed fruits. Cherry. Something in the almond direction, maybe a little soap. Changes a bit here and there with time in the glass. Sometimes I feel a slight smell of damp cardboard, which is common in old bottles, then it is suddenly fresh and fresh again.
    • Taste
      Dried fruit and dark chocolate. Exotic. Relatively oily and sweet. Feels like 40%
    • Finish
      Spicy; Cinnamon. Not so complex. Goes from dry, to mouth watering and back to dry again. Medium to Long aftertaste.

  60. ChrisE scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  61. Thermidor scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I tried several glasses of this many years ago when the price was still such that you could find a bottle open on a random bar shelf. I remember the whisky being nice, but not that much better than Yamazaki 12, which I think is way too slick and triple wood-like. Much like the Hakushu age stated single malts and Hibiki age stated blends, there is no way to justify the current price with the bottle's contents, so this has become a collector's item. If you haven't tasted this and are wondering if you should, my advice is pass. There's better stuff on offer for less money.

  62. maltandgrains scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Sherried, dried fruits, chocolate. Heavy fruitiness and pears. Hints of pineapple.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Fruity, some spices. A little sour.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium-long. Filling, warming wood bitterness. Sweet caramel and vanilla.

  63. Ambition2023 scored this whisky 98 points Member Senior

    Amazinnnnngggg Japanese whisky!!

  64. Highlander65 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I taste this malt during my trip to Japan in September 2019, directly at the distillery.
    Important whisky, for meditation, no wonder it has won so many awards
    • Nose
      I approach Mr. Eighteen with deference and immediately my sense of smell perceives a "deep" aroma, notes of red fruit, raisins and creme brulè
    • Taste
      In the mouth, sensations of red fruits and dark chocolate expand
    • Finish
      The finish is long, again red fruit and chocolate

  65. CherryHeart scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  66. DrunkDude scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Smell: juicy pears, hints of sherry vanilla, fresh Fuji apple, ripe or cooked apple soup, feels of flower, the smell is light and not strong, but delicate clear and delighted. It got slight feel of charcoal. This whisky has a very compromised expression of all different types of odors, but combines to a good balance.
    • Taste
      Taste: first it goes above your tongue and you feel the juice sweetness, then it slips to sides and gives a lot of spices with apple odor and honey sweet maintained, the spices prolongs and can be taken as a major character for this whisky. Definitely has a taste of sherry cask, but not significantly shown.
    • Finish
      Aftertaste: salty umami cocoa, chocolate, since the overall style of this dram is mild, the finish is made to be stand out a little bit more, since it’s strong with characters.
      Btw, The spices will stick to SIDES OF tongues.

  67. Макс scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  68. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

  69. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion on the Yamazaki 18. Fantastic nose, taste really good, satisfactory finish. However, all this without considering the price. Who would like to give me one, go ahead! I would probably not buy it beyond € 200. Especially not for the current prices. In my opinion, he would need 3-6% more alcohol to be fully convincing in the finish.

  70. Kawa_ZX6 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    10 times 100P ratings, but none of these raters have written any tasting notes.

    And some of them got a bottle in their whiskybase collection.

    Pure coincidence? I do not think so

  71. Jackson05 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I think I’ve grown so accustomed to idiosyncratic single cask and small batch whisky that some of these manufactured drams are lost on me. It lacks character to me personally. That’s not to say it’s not good - very good, but certainly overhyped at the least. Perhaps it’s even on the better end of official 18’s, but in no way worth it’s current market value. Many disagree.

    Great sherry casks at play for sure, it’s a very clean, elegant dram. Plum wine, a little floral (cherry blossom), luxardo cherries, and creamed honey. A dried glue note reminiscent of grain whisky. Vanilla extract. Chocolate orange and fig jam. There’s this sherry smoke note that you generally get from old style sherry I really like. I’d like to see 46%, but it’s not to be. It’s also not my preferred style.

  72. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Aroma:
    Bourbon flavors, sweet vanilla, notes of overripe honeydew melons (solvent)
    In between, a bit of sherry can also be seen, but the bourbon note overlays it a bit.
    After a while, aromas of dried fruits, a hint of tobacco, very complex ...

    Taste:
    Slightly spicy and with a light start, touch spicy with a slight alcohol note.
    Bourbon-like sweetness, sweetish-tart oak. Warm wood notes (different woods), hint of barrel / coffee, dried fruits, dry oak.

    Departure:
    delicately tart with dry oak aromas. Remains soft, a hint of sherry, dark chocolate.

    * Hand warm:
    Enhances the sherry and the warm wood notes, also here various woods,
    delicate tart oak follows and a hint of dark chocolate. Has a long finish with delicate, dry oak notes.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  73. Virus102 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    100 € good simple ????

  74. Koalafant scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Notes dated 2015-03-25
    Interesting and quite balanced but somehow the good too much. For me no high flyer.
    • Nose
      Typical Japanese nose with notes of exotic fruits such as mango and papaya paired with the scent of a homemade rum pot. Later overripe until smoked kiwi and banana.
    • Taste
      Very strong but creamy-sweet with a clear Rumtopfnoten
    • Finish
      long and sweet, occupies tongue and palate.

  75. Ambition2023 scored this whisky 98 points Member Senior

    Perfect!!

  76. kanpai79 scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  77. nallacam scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    PLV is a disaster!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Concentrated, compact, strong, nutty, dried fruits, caramel, slightly metallic, rum, raisins
    • Taste
      85 85
      Strong onset, full, alcoholic, bitterness on tap, sweet, oak is dominant, little complexity
    • Finish
      83 83
      Lots of oak, bitterness, a bit of nut and caramel

  78. Izzino scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Fruity, Full, Woody, Sweet and complex

  79. Roland7 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Fresh wood, cologne, paint, peach, lollipops, dried apricots, pastry, honey, orange, tangerine, red apple, shortbread

  80. kimmosuo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  81. Kensay scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Gentle, enveloping, light and drinkable, there is a small failure in the aftertaste in the form of dry wood in the background, significantly spoils it only unreasonably high price.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Very tender, as if it hit a fruit row on a market in Southeast Asia, papaya, passion fruit, oranges, cantaloupe, pineapple and apples, a little later caramel appears, fresh pastries with a drop of rum and a little vanilla. Very, very worthy
    • Taste
      91 91
      Soft and gentle, spices and wine notes are intertwined in fruit, alcohol is felt only by gentle enveloping warmth
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, unobtrusive and enveloping, grapefruit, citrus notes, a few spices, a little dry tree

  82. MGHOW did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Excuse my intrusion but there is a lot of bullshit here and evidently a lot of flippers trying to game the market.

  83. Vallado scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Delicious whisky, albeit overpriced and over-hyped. Maybe because of the high expectations a bit disappointing for me. Well over 87+ is not enough today.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Floral, herbs, malt, fresh red fruit basket with some orange
    • Taste
      87 87
      beautiful oily texture, very sweet, sweetened fruit salad, again light herbal notes, licorice, harmonious flavor composition
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, warming, prunes, the sherry barrel comes into its own here

  84. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    It has brown colour. The nose is smooth and sweet with dried fruits, dates, raisin, berries, berries jam, coffee, chocolate, old leather, christmas cake, old furniture varnish, oak, spices, grass, wet wood,citrus and tropical fruits notes. The palate is smooth, dry and sweet with dried fruits, spices, chocolate, berries, old furniture varnish, coffee and citrus notes. The finish is long, dry and sweet with spices, oak, chocolate, dried fruits, berries, old furniture varnish, grass and light smoke notes. Yamazaki 18YO is a perfectly balanced, smooth and very tasty whisky.

  85. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  86. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The nose is a 1 *. Sherry, but with tropical fruits and vanilla. This is genius. The finish is also good, a little bit harsh, but in the middle happens relatively little (something to dominant oak)

  87. valery77 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Complex, delicate. Vanilla, just sawn board, banana, ripe red apple, carpentry workshop (notes of furniture varnish and glue), cherry jam, cocoa powder, subtle wine notes, apple bone, flour, creamy toffee, towards the end of the dram - cream soda. 23
    • Taste
      Moderate, moderately dry. White pepper, oriental spices, vanilla motifs, sweet apple, creamy toffee, salted caramel, green tea (oolong), oak tannins, almonds. 22
    • Finish
      Long, fading smoothly, tannin, slightly astringent, with a hint of menthol at the very end. 22
      Perfectly balanced, very tasty whisky. Balance 23
      Total 90

  88. Falnor scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    An old note of mine that described this whisky years ago. Back then, this was easily beneath 100 euro. I didn't care for the taste.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Soft and delicate nose with cooked fruit, woodshavings and some chocolate. Some flowery scent underneath the sherry
    • Taste
      83 83
      Creamy chocolate and vanilla puding with oanges, dates and walnuts.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Dry and soft finish with spices like nutmeg.

  89. whiskyd scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  90. McMoulis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  91. Gris scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very nice expression of Japanese whisky, they know how to make great whisky and this Yamazaki whisky is another proof of it! My favorite japanese whisky brand (and bottle) so far!

    Unfortunately I just finished my bottle and in regard of the prices in auctions (around £300), i’ll probably not buy another bottle. Other whiskys of the same quality and style are available for a lower price. But if you have the opportunity, taste it!

    http://www.justanotherdram.com/en/tasting-notes/yamazaki-18yo.html
    • Nose
      You first smells chocolate and raisins. Then come aromas of tea, dried dates and plums as well.
    • Taste
      A little bit dry in the mouth at the first sip, with wood and dried fruits always present. Then some caramel brings a little bit of sweetness, mixing with nice notes of sherry. A touch of tobacco at the end.
    • Finish
      A medium-length finish, with a nice balance between fruits and spices.

  92. Gris scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very nice expression of Japanese whisky, the least we can say is that they know how to do it and this whisky proposed by Yamazaki is an additional proof! It is besides the Japanese whisky which I prefer among those which I could taste until today.
    Unfortunately I just finished my bottle and saw the prices at auction (it starts on average £ 300), it is unlikely that I buy again. Other whiskys of the same quality and style are available at a lower cost. But if you have the opportunity, taste it!
    • Nose
      Chocolate and raisins are felt first. Then come aromas of tea, dried dates and plums as well.
    • Taste
      A little dry in the mouth at the first sip, on the wood and dried fruits always present. A little caramel then brings a little sweetness by mixing with nice notes of sherry. A touch of tobacco is felt at the end of the mouth.
    • Finish
      A medium-length finish, in a nice balance between fruity and spices.

  93. htz881 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  94. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  95. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It is a very nice and clearly good Whisky. We can always discuss the price but this is not the order of the day.
    • Nose
      Gourmand on the fig, the dates and globally the dried fruits. In addition we find sugar, vanilla and honey. A very pleasant nose.
    • Taste
      Alcohol well integrated (see a bit too small), dried fruits are always present. A vegetal side also appears accompanied by a slight bitterness coming probably from the wooded side of the force. It makes me think at times of a "grain".
    • Finish
      Nice length on coffee and woodland, What Else?

  96. namnug scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Intense fruitiness, banana,. Sherried fruits
    • Taste
      Thick, smooth, creamy. Intense sherry notes and ripped fruits. well-balanced. Hints of oak
    • Finish
      Long-lasting fruitiness and sherry

  97. aby scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Perfect balance with lots of sherry influence (dried fruits, sultanas, leather), then spices, oak, syrup.

    Taste is slightly bitter and tannic that is why i don't go above 90 points.

    Overall: balanced japanese malt at it's best.  90 points.

    sample available: whiskysample.nl

  98. Kumachan scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    As a picked fruit having been amputated of its maturity and thus to offer more. Too much reduced! The Limited Edition 2015 is clear on and yet to the same degree. What a slap and misunderstanding in front of a whisky that beaucouo admires so much. Its price, its demand and the speculation that surrounds it make it an incomprehensible product for me. If it had to be assigned a grade: Subjectively a 85
    • Nose
      The robe is amber brown, attractive under its caramelized sherry tunes. On the nose it is an elongated Debut medium no, end of June, that I meet you every time we never meet the same experience, on a pure fruity of Starts around the cooked pear, dry fruits such as dry the grapes dry and dried fig, then the roasted side becomes evident.
    • Taste
      On the palate, the first starter is dry, then fruity but also so simple ..... Finally, after having accustomed the palate, the roundness, the spices, the cocoa and the dried fruits settle down. Rancio.
    • Finish
      On a very weak length, lacking character. Surrealist! a material without being able to feel it ... frustrations.

  99. Kumachan scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    As a picked fruit having been amputated of its maturity and thus to offer more. Too much reduced! The Limited Edition 2015 is clear on and yet to the same degree. What a slap and misunderstanding in front of a whisky that beaucouo admires so much. Its price, its demand and the speculation that surrounds it make it an incomprehensible product for me. If it had to be assigned a grade: Subjectively a 85
    • Nose
      On the nose it is an elongated Debut medium no, end of June, that I meet you every time we never meet the same experience, on a pure fruity of Starts around the cooked pear, dry fruits such as dry the grapes dry and dried fig, then the roasted side becomes evident.
    • Taste
      On the palate, the first starter is dry, then fruity but also so simple ..... Finally, after having accustomed the palate, the roundness, the spices, the cocoa and the dried fruits settle down. Rancio.
    • Finish
      On a very weak length, lacking character. The surrealist a material without being able to feel it ... frustrations.

  100. Lorion scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Look good. I am thrilled and will have to go in more detail again.
    • Nose
      Aromatic, fruity-sweet nose with few and sherrylastigen flavors. Dried fruits, oak and mild spices.
    • Taste
      Fruity and vinous in the first place. Second sweet and third chocolate and slightly spicy.
    • Finish
      Long, fruity and intense.

  101. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/yamazaki-18-yo/

  102. Cubey666 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  103. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, wood, sherry, sweet spices, then smell of old marc and chocolate!

  104. Gris scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very beautiful expression of Japanese whisky, my favorite among all those that I could taste elsewhere. Damned my bottle is almost empty and, considering the prices practiced now, I probably will not buy it: '(
    • Nose
      Chocolate, raisins, dried fruits ... Tea and then dried fruits too (dates / plums).
    • Taste
      Wood, always dry fruits well present. Caramel that adds sweetness and nice hints of sherry. Some notes of tobacco too.
    • Finish
      Medium long and balanced between fruity and spicy.

  105. robain scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    Waaaaaaaaaay to expensive for its contents. Rather buy anything else, im glad this was a sample.
    • Nose
      86 86
      nutty, spicy, sherried
    • Taste
      88 88
      fresh and cool, sweet round sherry
    • Finish
      88 88
      long vanilla and sherry finish, full of dried fruits and sweetness.

  106. robain scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  107. Glen Highland did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  108. MrRancho scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty, palatial. The violet notes are terrific!
    • Nose
      Chocolate, cherry, caramel, vanilla. Overall, very dense and heavy. A little orange, some salt.
    • Taste
      Salt, violet, vanilla pudding.
    • Finish
      Medium, flowery, pleasant.

  109. Gloin scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The smell is very appetizing, almost seductive. For a perfume I would almost call it intrusive. I like that. In the mouth, the sweetness and the vanilla are missing in comparison to the nose. The sherry portion is more noticeable. The finish is even drier. That's a good whisky, but way too expensive.
    • Nose
      sweet orange, cherry, vanilla, flowers, including roses, very sweet and complacent, sherry, in the background a fresh herbal note, which I can not pinpoint, a slight solvent touch, the vanilla remains very clear, a hint of sulfur, after sweet red wine for a while
    • Taste
      Surprisingly strong onset, slightly astringent, first sweet, then getting drier, dried fruit, in the second sip sweeter, now with some sulfur, sherry, slightly sour cherries, leather
    • Finish
      Dry, espresso and dark cocoa, the sulfur note is back and lays on the tongue, also here astringent, medium long

  110. Murmelkasten scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  111. ZwiJo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  112. lincolnimp scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    The nose is the best part.

    My price rating is what it costs now not what it was on release.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      83 83

  113. lincolnimp scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    I an not sure if my palate is having an off night because everything is tasting a bit thin tonight.

    I found this a bit boring and lacking in complexity but I know mine will be a minority view.

    I think this is £300 plus at UK auctions, in my view a complete waste of money.

    I will try it again tomorrow but my first impressions are not great.

    Perhaps my disappointment is because most people seem to really rate this.
    • Nose
      Sherry trifle, the fruit it black cherry, black currant and a little raspberry.

      Creosote  then a jam sponge cake and the longer it is in the glass the fruitier it seems to get.
    • Taste
      I was expecting it to be more substantial but it is ok. There is a slight dry oaky bitterness from the start which slowly grows. It is also cardboardy

      Like a lot of whisky it does improve with time in the glass, there are meaty notes, dark toffee/caramel a hint of full bodied red wine.
    • Finish
      Medium length with a jammy fizz on the tail

  114. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    An excellent Whisky without a doubt, but sadly not affordable anymore. Ridiculously overpriced.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  115. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I rated the price that I paid for my bottle, not the current price which is ridiculous
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  116. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    n: a lovely sherry note with plums, raisins and dried apricots.
        there is also something mentholated and some mint, just a hint of clove
        and quite some oak. give it some time and it starts to become more fragrant
        and a little floral.
        so much harmony that you start to think it might be a little boring in chararcter.
    t:  very much the nose I´d say. it comes with an oily texture and a good attack
        for the relative low strength.
        very spicy, christmas cake, sultanas, plums. the oak is quite strong
    f:  long, spicy, warming. very calm.
    comments: not as good as I remember it. therefore I went a little downward with
                       my mark.
                       I bought my bottle at 130 euro and I think I would not by it again
                       even at that price.
                       the currant price is obscene!!!
    88/100  (if I don´t consider the price)

  117. Giovanni scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    On the nose: immediately, waxy/varnish. Big cherry liqueur note. Strongly reminds me of Ferrero's Mon Chéri chocolates. Nice alcohol-aroma ratio. After few minutes, when alcohol has faded away, more oak, vanilla and sherry notes. Some raisins in there. Frankly, i love this to bits! I could smell this all day long!

    First taste (no water): dark chocolate (some mint?), sweet and sour, balanced sherry-tannines, foreign oak. 46% (or even 48%) would fit this whisky better. 

    Body: medium. I would love to have a more thicker texture, more oiliness in the body.

    Finish: medium to long. Evenly fades away into a pleasant oaky dryness.
    Price: i bought it rather cheap (around 100 euro's). Now (at 350 euro's and above) it's just the market speaking. This whisky is worth what i payed for it. 
    Presentation: come on, you gotta love this bottle!
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  118. Helgo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Up to the current price a great whisky. I especially like the impact of Japanese oak!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  119. wekke scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior



    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

    The
    nose is quite thick and resinous, there is a pleasant oiliness with
    zesty citrus and peels and a hint of sherry. Plenty of oak and orchard
    fruits. The palate is of medium-body with green notes and an earthen
    note, plenty of wood resin and a floral character with zest and sherried
    peels. The finish is of good length with fruit and zest.



  120. wbarchive_73116 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Usually I would not be bothered but with recent developments in the whisky industry and community I feel it is time again to provide some balance and/or rethink older ratings which I have done a few times by now.

    Quite some time ago (probably ~2 years) I have rated this whisky with 90 points. And rightly so since this is a good whisky. Back then when I did this the price just climbed to about 125€ and there were already some concers that this is a bit pricy for this whisky.

    Today you can consider yourself lucky when you can get a bottle for under ~300€ in secondary markets or for under 400€ at the (online) retailer of your choice.

    And surely the whisky did not become any worse in recent months and years but it did not get any better either. And this results in a serious loss of value for money since the price rose even beyond what we consider to be normal for whisky in our times now.

    Therefore it is my personal opinion that this whisky sadly needs its score cut badly. There are many whiskies which are as good, but cheaper, as well as some that are better for the same price.

    I will happily revert my score once it becomes available at a reasonable price again.

  121. BXpress scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    sample. great, only a little too expensive. but if you compare this to other overhyped, premium priced bottles, i would say this one is more exciting than Macallan 18. and certainly more intense. imagine this at CS.
    • Nose
      fresh, green apples, glue but not in a bad way. the nose is quite in your face. then you get tropical fruits. most prominently lychee, but i would also add mangos. peppery. overripe pears with a little bit of dirt on them. yes the fruit is dominating the nose. banana, honeydew. a little citrusy. soft vanilla. good nose. with water: does nothing at first but then brings out the Sherry cask, raisins and coffee mostly.
    • Taste
      oh this is good. big on lychee, fantastic. chinese plum wine. Bubble gum, cough sweets, cherry drops. maybe some dry Sherry influence. strawberry (artificial). this is super well integrated. a little wood bitternes is there,  the is cask influence is strong here (Mizunara Virgin oak??). very strong flavours, even at 43%. a very buisy dram.
    • Finish
      just long...pleasant fresh grassy taste, green banana skin. the aftertaste feels endless, on lychee and strawberries.

  122. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The price is however unacceptable. The 90 pct price is based solely on the balance in the final score.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  123. Jessel scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  124. Xstream scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Bought mine at 80 euro. Nice whisky, but the current pricing is insane. Wish i hadnt open it and sell it for 200+ to buy a few other bottles just as good or better.

  125. et911 did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    Having only bought this bottle recently, the price has gone up a few times over its initial base price. For the price I paid, which is almost 300 Euro equivalent, I must say this whisky is a little disappointing to my personal taste. The nose is very nice, sweet, caramel and a hint of chocolate. Taste not very sherry and a somewhat short finish of fruit. At the current price, I would much rather have some other whisky.

  126. Goethe scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very complex whisky from Japan. This one profits from different oak casks and the Japanese drive for elegance inevitably.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 6/10 (2015)
    • Nose
      Grapes, raisins, vanilla, caramel, compote, candys, chocolate. 
    • Taste
      Sherry, different oaks, sweet Mizunara influence, raisins, plum pulp.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Orange, chocolate cake, Sacher cake, some nuts and fruits.

  127. JohannesB scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Everything is just right here! A single malt that ranks more than at eye level with the Scots. Sherry, fruit, sweetness and independent spice make it unmistakable for me. It is incredibly complex and yet easy and enjoyable.
    • Nose
      Unbelievably complex at the first start. The aromas are strong and closely interwoven and do not want to be separated! Let's try it: a lot of fruit. Grape, orange, peach, raisins in milk chocolate. Then vanilla, cloves, marshmallows and sweet apple rings. Above all lies, in addition to clear and spicy oak, a dessert-like sweetness. Pudding, vanilla cream, sweet cake, jellybeans - there's something for everyone.
    • Taste
      Strong oak, sweet and dry at the same time! Creamy mouthfeel with lots of sherry and spicy, not only from American and European oak. I feel the Japanese Mizunara oak with a distinctive, sweet-spicy touch. Then raisins, prunes, dried figs and sugared nuts.
    • Finish
      A light hint of smoke, anise, cinnamon and some oranges sprinkled with cloves. Then comes the sweetness of the dessert buffet, this time with chocolate cake, baked bananas and chopped almonds. The finish is overall long and fruity-dry, with ever-burgeoning sweetness.

  128. Bishlouk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    So yes, it's true, it's good. But as always with Japanese whisky, it's too clean, too tight, too clean. Nothing goes beyond ranks. There is no surprise after the first sip, zero scalability. This whisky (or this batch in particular?) Is very marked by the Sherry, I was not marked by what the Mizunara can bring. In short, for this price, as much to pay a good big Scot in Sherry cask and barrel.
    • Nose
      Coffee, hazelnut shell, a kind of dry dust of Christmas spices, black plum and dried fruits in shambles, and filigree black tea. A fine, complex and noble nose.
    • Taste
      Lacquered wood, marzipan coated with dark chocolate, gingerbread, soy sauce, candied fruits and black fruits. A lot of things here too! But against the reduction to 43% is felt, it lacks punch.
    • Finish
      Average. The candied fruits go out quickly and give way to tea with sweet spices and dry wood.

  129. wekke scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    World Whiskies Awards 2014 - Gold - Japanese Single Malt 13 to 20 Years

  130. autowatch092 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Very dark amber
    Nose: Prunes, raisins, a hint of orange and leather.
    Palate: Tea, prunes, orange, a whiff of smoke, gentle spices.
    Finish: Long, dry and fruity.
    Overall: A very rich sherry monster with a highly complex flavour profile. You can taste the age but the wood influence is only very gentle.http://www.dramming.com/2010/11/23/yamazaki-18-yo-2/

  131. sopie scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    1 of my favorite, too bad that it is difficult to obtain now. And if you can find it then there is a nice price tag.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  132. bull10298 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Very floral and perfumed on the nose, becoming musky, with orange marmalade.
    Water releases drier Sherry notes. Big bodied and mellow on the palate. Honey
    and stewed fruits, plus discernible Sherry. The finish is long, remaining sweet,
    with sherry and a touch of oak to the end. A beautiful and profound example of
    the distiller?s art.

    http://www.whisky-pages.com/notes/distillery.php?id=sun

     

  133. Rom scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose well marked by coffee, also caramel, cocoa and praline tip. Mouth heavily caffeinated, very clean, strawberry suggestion. average on coffee then a well present woody class. Well done, I really like this profile.

  134. Astrid scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      88 88

  135. Astrid scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Complex with many nice nuances. Doesn't need to hide from the Scots of this age group. Promising on the nose and surprisingly long on the finish.
    • Nose
      89 89
      incredible
      warm and soft, generously truffle chocolate flavored with orange liqueur,
      Caramel notes change into vanilla, velvety oak flavoring like cinnamon and nutmeg
      and walnut, malty tones, after some time there are also salty hints
    • Taste
      83 83
      first
      harmonious orange liqueur, but then immediately very spicy and powerful oak
      which also entails alcoholic spiciness, a hint of mint cream and again
      Truffle chocolate
    • Finish
      88 88
      harsh
      Oak mixes with dark chocolate, interestingly lighter
      Smoke, dried orange slices, later old walnut kernels, with oily sweetness
      maritime aromas, overall long and warm

  136. Ciro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  137. Peter87 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  138. Gronqvist scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Complex, thick and oily with notes of citrus, red apple, orange, apricot, raspberry, Maraschino cherry, peach, vanilla, raisins, figs, dates, cinnamon, caramel, maple syrup, cereal, chocolate, thyme, mint, eucalyptus, camphor, flowers, perfume, a hint of sherry, leather, spicy Mizunara oak and a hint of peat.
    • Taste
      Creamy with lots of tannins and notes of citrus, bitter orange, blueberry, raspberry, fig, rum and raisins, dates, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, almond, caramel, dark chocolate, dark coffee beans, mocha, malt, slightly Sherry , eucalyptus and resinous Mizunara wood.
    • Finish
      Long and dry with notes of citrus, raspberry, cereal, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, a little sherry, coffee, peat, easy iodine, Mizunara oak and smoke.

  139. CSautter scored this whisky 86 points Newbie

    Drank next to the Yamazaki 1984 and Karuizawa NOH multi vintage.  Color is medium amber.

    Nose: leather, maple syrup, sweet dark fruits.  Less oaky than the Yamazaki 1984 but no less enjoyable, if not better.

    Taste: pleasant pie spices (cinnamon, clove) with vanilla beans to boot.  leather and some fruity sherry like notes. again, less oak than the other two. nice sweet notes throughout with good "old" flavors.

    Overall: I prefer this to the Yamazaki 1984, despite the large price difference.  more of an everyday pour, and it actually seems a bit thicker than the 1984.  I hate to say it but the NOH wipers out both of these.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  140. WillemvdK scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Excellent. Just excellent. Could use higher ABV though!
    • Nose
      Superbly condensed nose, almost like syrup. Full flavour of vanila, honey, apricot, banana, coconut, wood schavings, pinetree resin, leather and a small hint of smoke. Perfectly balanced and very soft.
    • Taste
      Very sweet and fruity with a steady development into oak wood, furniture polish and leather.
    • Finish
      Progresses slowly into the finish which is long, dry and slightly tarry.

  141. GlenGabriel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      87 87

  142. granderson scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    hard to mark because it is so different from Scottish malts ,,,
    Nose is strong with airfix glue, pine resin, eucalyptus yet sherry sweet..
    Similar to Old pultney 21 - smooth sweet arrival but lighter less oily body, short and unremarkable dry finish. This is front loaded and impressive big oak and sherry and retains a lot of panda food thoughts.
    water exposes floral notes as usual and more wood (why am I thinking bamboo instead of oak, is the source getting to me?) on the nose but doesn't really dent the zesty flavour. Remains medicinal in the finish. Lovely & different but too expensive!
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      84 84

  143. wbarchive_73116 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Amazingly complex, full bodied, sweet and smooth in nose and taste.
    The finish brings some oak which nicely balances the sweetness and smoothness.

    Really another step up from the very good 12yo and worth the money, although it is really expensive for a 18yo.

  144. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  145. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Woderful on the nose - complex and a beautiful density.

    Taste is interesting and quite surprising - spice and fire - with many fruits!

    Later in the finish there are overwhelming hints of sweetness plus the tartness of oak and dark chocolate ...

    Recommendable - as a very nice standard.

    For further information see the tasting note of Armin Fuchs.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  146. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      92 92

  147. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very complex nose!

    On the tongue fiery - with every drum more and more!

    Long finish!

    The smooth character of a first class Japanese Single Malt -

    very recommendable stuff!

    Tasting with FineSpirits_butler1.

    (… and with W. Wolf and his friend Wootan Hippo van Rheen.)
    • Nose
      Eucalyptus, toffee, vanilla, cinnamon, strawberry, grape, apricot, cherry, plum, apple sauce, raisins, citrus, tangerine, parsley root, Algae, Sherry, spices, hair tonic, oak (interwoven), nut chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee (cappuccino), pepper, floral scented water, rose water, furniture polish, some peppermint (?), later wood and spicy herbs
    • Taste
      fiery (!), and fresh, sherbet (fizzy), vanilla, wood as a background, very spicy, sour cherries, tart apples, citrus, orange juice, dry feeling, lemon peel, coffee, dark chocolate, eucalyptus, salt, soil (?), something pickled plum shell, raw black pepper, peat idea (?), slight bitterness
    • Finish
      very long!

      chocolate, coffee, vanilla, lemon, pure lemon juice, tart, oak background, spice with sharpness, herbs, fruit sweetness in the background, dry palate and simultaneously wet tongue, hair tonic, caramelized apples, bitter oranges, some licorice, peppery, tobacco, leather (?), rum, tangerins, some mint flavour, too.

  148. ricallende scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    I love whisky because of whiskies like this! What a nice stuff!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      96 96

  149. numen scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      heavy sherry influence, but not a bomb. There's a slight salty-smokiness
      (think lapsang souchong). Anise, menthol, dates, diced dried fruit, and
      soft mint close it out.
    • Taste
      initially sweet, followed by oak (a little drying, but playing well off
      the background of a creme-based dessert with honey). Some sherry, but
      also malt, and almost a Highlands sense about it. Thick for 43%. Some
      fresh green cardomom and black pepper as well.
    • Finish
      the oakiness comes out a bit more, turning the sweetness to leather,
      espresso, and very dark chocolate. the smokiness returns, balancing the
      sweetness.

  150. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Flowery-fruity, sherry-toed-spicy at the same time. A round and balanced malt.
    • Nose
      Straight away, Lemon Curd sneaks into his nose. Orange and apricot jam appear behind the lemons. Dark fruits and a heavy, spicy oak note join.
    • Taste
      Warm and creamy-sweet, the Yamazaki touches the tongue. Right behind it a lot of spices and sherry flavors. Dark fruits and brown sugar.
    • Finish
      Long and dry with sherry toen and oak.

  151. iDad scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  152. Schwark scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    from nose to finish, it's raisins, dried fruits, chocolate and blood orange
    very powerful, very well structured, very good
    it lacks a bit of fantasy, surprise, a little too linear the bottle I drank recently disappointed me: the mouth was less complex than 3-4 years ago and yet the price, it has increased sharply (+ 30%)

  153. Banzai scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  154. Lovelytaste scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Tasted a sample, sweet flavor,  that was enough for me.

  155. Wild Thing scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Better in the nose than in the mouth but still a masterpiece.
    • Nose
      Sherry, sweet and fruity. Vanilla maybe from the Bourbone barrel. Rum flavors also come through. Dark dried fruits, leather, nuts, chocolate, caramel, oak and much more ... Unbelievable what a complex aroma.
    • Taste
      Spicy oak dry and sweet at the same time. Black pepper, sherry and bitter orange. Slightly malty.
    • Finish
      Medium long, woody spicy and dry.

  156. Xstream scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    It's nice to get a different (Japanese) flavor profile. This one is more towards blossom and abricots/peach, where the European sherry whisky have the orange/figs/raisin profile. 

    It has enough going on in the glass, but it really needs to breath for a good 20 mins before drinking. It starts quite chemical (glue!) when just poured in the glass. The highlight for me is the finish, which keeps developing, but i find it rather chaotic and unbalanced in general. The glue nose is not helping either. 

    I'm still not entirely sure about this whisky. It's a good and interesting one, but i don't get the hype. Especially at this price point you can get a lot better. On the other hand, if you're curious about the Japanese style whisky, they are all expensive.

  157. djork scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      82 82

  158. The-Man-best-Friend scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  159. Bishlouk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very complex nose without invasive sherry.
    Mouth very clean, clean, linear; a little pepper and sweetness.
    Final quite short, soft and woody.

    A chiselled whisky, very clean on him. Very well done, but it lacks a "dirty" side.

    (Tasted in festival, so not in optimal conditions)

  160. icon_of_sin scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Incredibly complex and aromatic. Would have blindly much older estimated him ...
    • Nose
      Sea very complex! Cinnamon, walnuts, cinnamon and a lot of oak flavor. In addition to it chocolate, butter and clear soy sauce (an association due to the origin?!? Who knows ...). In addition, dry, light fruits such as apple and pear
    • Taste
      Sweet honey, lots of oak, walnuts and chocolate
    • Finish
      Butter, honey, chocolate, walnut, warming and long

  161. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is an absolutely
    stunning whisky from the Land of the Rising Sun.
    • Nose
      The nose is
      wonderfully complex and layered. Every whiff offers something new. All kinds of
      dark fruits reach me first: dades, raisins, berries, the dried variety as well.
      The second wave offers dark chocolate with vanilla filling, hints of mandarin
      and a plethora of spices. Chervil, thyme, camphor and eucalyptus. Some mint.
      Autumn leaves! Rose-hip tea. Polished leather. Maple syrup. It goes on for a
      while. This is simply magnificent!
    • Taste
      It is wonderfully
      creamy and mouth coating, with loud Mizunara oak. A lot of tannins, but it
      works perfectly. Well seasoned with a lot of sherry influence. The dried fruits
      return, upholstered with a light lemon zestiness. Slightly bitter orange tea.
      Big dose of cinnamon. Grrrrrreat!
    • Finish
      In the long, drying
      finish, I finally get some woodspice.

  162. Ralph Hiltrup scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Producer`s Tasting Notes

    Yamazaki 18yo is the

    multi award winning whisky. It is proudly awarded SWSC Double Gold Medal

    in 2005, IWSC Trophy in 2006 and ISC Gold in 2007.

    The richness of sherry and raisins fill the nose then its dark rich

    maraschino cherries and finally coffee cream chocolate appear. Full body

    malt.

  163. Malt Hans scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Fruity

    aroma, apple, grapefruit, lemon juice, mint, almonds, honey, vanilla

    and blueberry jam. Vanilla sweet taste, tannins, apple peel, walnuts,

    ginger, ripe grapefruit, lemon pepper, oak, vanilla and unflavored ice

    tea. Long, fruity, spicy and herbal end.

  164. Miconciencia scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Taste
      Fino y delicado, fresco y elegante con sabor a narnaja

  165. saintjimmy did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I feel this could be 90+ if it would have been bottled at at least 46%
    • Nose
      woah, lovely sherry! Sweet and fruity with a nice quantum of oak coming through. Baked apples with cinnamon!
    • Taste
      sweet, with the presence of oak. Notes of XO rum. Sticky toffee pudding and dried fruits.
    • Finish
      meaty and long finish. Woody and slightly dry.

  166. mmaclean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Deep, mature in nature, and very complex. Notes of polished leather,

    maple syrup, and dark pit fruit, with suggestions of tobacco smoke, wood

    shavings, and unsweetened chocolate. References to fine old bourbon and

    ultra-matured pot-still rum provide intrigue. Proof that Japan produces

    some outstanding, distinctive whiskies. Nicely done!

  167. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This full-bodied whisky is slowly matured over 18 years in sherry butt casks. It’s a masterpiece with deep-rooted, mature notes.

  168. Kostik scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Very nice balance. Gourmand, complex, pleasant.
    • Nose
      Very nice, on the chocolate but without bitterness. Undergrowth side (woody freshness, wild strawberry). There is also almond, tobacco (fresh cigar). If we go back to the nose after swallowing his dram: block leather and nuts.
    • Taste
      Damn well, rather sweet: chocolate, raspberry, almonds + candied fruit (calisson way of Aix).
    • Finish
      More chocolate, a memory of dates, and a little spice. Pretty long and hot.

  169. hsmithjr scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A well balanced dram.  Enjoyable.
    • Nose
      Malt and sherry.  Chocolate covered mandarin oranges.  Apple caramel tart.  Brazil nuts.
    • Taste
      Fruity and spicy.  Old raisins.  Spicy cinnamon, then black peppercorns.  Honey pastry.
    • Finish
      Medium long and woody.  Smoke in the background.

  170. Collector57 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A very nice malt - the bottle's back on the shelf and if I weren't too lazy I would check whether this is sherry matured - it certainly seems to be and is a much better one than, for example, Macallan sherry matured (to my nose and palate).

    Very nice indeed.
    • Nose
      Predominantly caramelised oranges, with a good strong whiff of peaches and papaya. A hint of raisins. Sherry matured?       
    • Taste
      Those oranges are still there but now more spicy than caramelised - an interesting difference from the nose. There are lots of dark red fruits in there too, replacing the peaches and papaya. No wait - the peaches are in there after all.
    • Finish
       The peaches come through more strongly at the end though the oranges and raisins are still there.

  171. Feusi scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Sherry fruity with citrus in the background. Sweet and fruity sherry oak looks a bit dry, but not unpleasant. A long fruity finish tops off this sweet filling. More likely to find in the higher price range.

  172. magic_slim scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The best Japanese standard that I have tasted yet and definitely a very good whisky.
    • Nose
      My first impression is that the nose is a little indefinite. It is on one side very oaky but on the other side fruity and fresh, with sherry. There are also grainy notes and quite some varnish. Rather intensive for the 43%. After nosing it for several minutes I find it very pleasant and definitely better than I had it in mind from previous tasting. It has a nice fruityness which reminds me of tangerines.
    • Taste
      Smooth and so much different from any Scotch whisky I know. Light and mellow with quite some sherry but far from being over-sherried. Dry and also fruity. Includes a mixture of oriental spices, that is difficult to describe - sandalwood, cinnamon, cloves, lemon grass - I don't know.
    • Finish
      Medium long and spicy with something dry, woody and slightly metallic that lingers on and on and on after keeping it in my mouth for 10 seconds or so.

  173. CrilleVBG scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    This is a fantastic whisky. This whisky should always be available in everybody’s home. Buy it!!
    • Nose
      The nose is superb. It’s all about sweet wonderful sherry aromas. Can’t stop nosing this one.
    • Taste
      The first thing I noticed is that this whisky is smooooooth. Fresh, fruity and full of sherry notes and exotic fruits.
    • Finish
      Long finish, smooth and just perfect.

  174. Dede scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Frankly I hesitated. The first nose and the finale made me think of a grain whisky. But the evolution of the nose and the mouth no. The very greedy notes of the nose remind me of a light sherry. In any case a dram more complex than it looks. The mouth is surprisingly lively after the great sweetness of the nose, perhaps a little too woody, although this wood is expressed in the form of spices, which is not unpleasant. It is on the finish especially that this woody expresses too much for my taste. But a good little dessert dram, for sure.
    • Nose
      Tasted blind
      The nose is soft and evokes first a grain whisky, with notes of solvent and coconut. The whole is very balanced and not aggressive. Not very complex at first, but very well done. It expands to aeration, bringing out notes of toffee and citrus, then coffee and butter cream and nuts.
    • Taste
      Astringent. More dry and powerful than the nose would suggest. The wood is more present, without being dominant. The attack is quite sweet, slightly spicy, before the middle is gaining power and heat. It develops on fruity and tart notes (pineapple, lemon).
    • Finish
      Medium and woody length, it decreases rapidly in intensity. It evolves on a fruity note (pineapple) before the bitterness of the wood covers the whole.

  175. basbear scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Don't use water!

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