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Yamazaki 18-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
18 years old
Sherry, Bourbon, Mizunara Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
19 Dec 2008 12:44 am

Average value

€ 673,33

201 × in wishlist

846 × member ratings

2790 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Yamazaki 18-year-old

113 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.88 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. 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.

  4. BMeyerdierks 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?

  5. sagara-kun scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    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 finale always disappoints me.
    • Nose
      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
      On the palate a woody is present. We continue on dried fruits and dried. From the orange. Some petals of dried flowers.
    • Finish
      The final is far too short unfortunately. On dried fruits and a veil of wood and smoke.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Ailios scored this whisky 93 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Andytka3 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    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


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