Yamazaki 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Malt Whisky
Stated Age
18 years old
Sherry, Bourbon, Mizunara Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
23 Aug 2020 2:10 pm

Average value

€ 1142.14

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Whisky Reviews for Yamazaki 18-year-old

172 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.97 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Re visiting this, my opinion has not changed, many people think this whisky is worth 400 euro, I do not think on quality alone its worth more than 100 euro. Its one of those manufactured profiles as if something has been added prior to bottling, unlike last time I think its a little soapy this time.

    Save your money, get something else, it ok and it certainly has flavour but I think the heavy sherry is hiding a few flaws.

    I see 6 people have scored this 100 points, come on, really??????

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. sindbad888 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?

  9. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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 ...


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