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Overall rating
84.40/100
votes
907
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
American, Spanish & Japanese Oak Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
山崎
Barcode
4901777020313
Added on
09 Jan 2009 11:35 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 215,67

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Whisky Reviews for Yamazaki 12-year-old

119 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.40 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 90 points Administrator

    Japanese Single Malts with age statement are increasingly getting more expensive and harder to find. However, the superb Yamazaki 12 from the oldest distillery in Japan is worth the effort! The nose is fruity sweet and heavy with overripe grapes and blackberries, raisins, nuts and strong vanilla notes. Tastewise, a well-balanced and full-bodied arrival is followed by mild spiciness before the oak complexity kicks in. With its lasting, substantial and slightly dry finish, Mizunara oak maturation gives this malt a delicate and very distinct aftertaste. A piece of art!

    RATING: 4.4/5.0 stars ≙ 90 pts → SUPERB [-]
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. matts scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Character: In the nose almost like an exotic fruit cocktail from the tin. But then the motto sweet and sour is called kräutrig-herb. Bright fruits, oak and malt / grain move here at eye level. Mouthfeel and intensity are convincing.
    Rating: Well done and undoubtedly good drinkable, although of the characteristics not to my personal taste. For this type of malt and oak in the light fruit and herbal coat, I get 85 points. In itself no revelation, but as a companion to the sushi I would like to try this bottling again.
    • Nose
      Green tea meets floury pears, apples and dried apricots. Candied limes resonate behind the scenes. Over time, the nose becomes sweeter and sweeter: honey comes through and I must inevitably think of melon and bananas. In between, light and rosy notes are flashing again and again.
    • Taste
      Comparatively clear and sweet and sour, the drop hits the tip of the tongue. Flavored by a beautiful malt and grain taste rinse bright fruits in the mouth. Peach, honeydew melon and grapefruit scurry past before the oak with its woody taste becomes tangy and spicy. Together with a little vanilla, a pinch of pepper provides a pleasant arc of tension, before it becomes increasingly nutty into the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long. Bright fruits and a kräutrig spicy oak wood flavor fit harmoniously together. A pleasant warmth attracts and in the background the bright exotic fruits change.

  3. ASWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    a conclusive whisky, balanced and harmonious from the nose to the finish I like it better than the 18y an always welcomed dram of 86 points out of 100
    • Nose
      sweet - bamboo with pear quince and ripe apricot, bourbon note Vanilla, light glue note, sweet cereal, sweet papier mache, roasted coffee
    • Taste
      soft start with sweet Boubonnoten and fruit, again some roasted coffee, fruity sweet with a nice bite, well balanced
    • Finish
      slight alcohol note stays in the mouth :( medium length: pear quince, pocorn, light caramel - sweet and malty, pleasant finish

  4. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Spicy, fruity and delicious. This blindsample exudes a variety of flavors and is harmoniously balanced. Great malt, I like it!
    • Nose
      Blind tasting: Fruity notes rise immediately after pouring out of the glass. Juicy pears and sour apples mingle with fruity peaches and apricots, subtly tart fruit notes make me think of fermented fruit. A few drops of honey drip on the pieces of fruit, a hint of vanilla breaks through malty sweetness. Slowly, nuts and tart wood aromas are noticeable, overripe bananas are added. Syrup-like streaks slowly return to the glass while the "fruit salad" becomes more and more fruity and intense. A few drops of lemon and a touch of grapefruit make the fruit note look sour.
    • Taste
      Tart wood notes dominate the first sip, sweet honey and malt immediately follow. Tart and spicy wood elements run creamy over the tongue, butter melts in the mouth. Slowly, a subtle sharpness sets in. The sharpness is intensified and woody sharpness is mixed with a pinch of black pepper. Tart and dry wood notes exude their spicy notes, dark fruit flavors are in the background, the sharpness returns and makes the tongue glow.
    • Finish
      Tart fruit and wood flavors bounce off each other in the finish. The wooden sharpness is still on the tongue or fills the entire mouth area with chubby heat. A touch of old and dry walnut rises from the sharpness, tart and dark wood notes come to light. Dried berries and fruits give the finish a special spice. Creamy and with a subtle butter note, the finish sounds slow.

  5. Joband scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. kanpai79 scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. Bam scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Very tasty, beautifully constructed, the oak accompanies a great fruit mix.
    • Nose
      Sweet and very fruity with grapefruit, kumquats, blood orange, khaki, green apple, lychee, pineapple. Behind it come corn and cereal notes, muesli and sweet popcorn. A beautiful, spicy oak note and vanilla are always present in the background.
    • Taste
      Easy onset, silky mouthfeel. The fruit salad from the nose I have on the palate, along with spicy honey and strong oak, and some yeast.
    • Finish
      Medium long, still the fruits, some menthol and milk chocolate.

  8. Jorennuyts scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. wbarchive_712710 scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    Before I bought a few bottles a while back, I did read about the release and Japanese, American and European oak didn't sound too bad. Especially since only the European version seemed to be Sherry infused. Upon opening one of the bottles, I was hit by a wall of Sherry and nothing but Sherry. Totally unexpected, since the three types of casks should have resulted in a better balance.

    I admit it, usually I take a detour around Sherry cask whiskies, but this time, it looked like I fell into the trap. Sherry is an absolute no-go for me, especially if the whisky comes from more than wet casks (or the balance is something like 99 Sherry and 1 Bourbon cask/s). However, I'm asking myself, is this really all Sherry or do I smell oak too?

    The actual tasting trumps up with Sherry and some oak. Quite balanced, but not one for me. Smooth but very one-dimensional. Normally I can associate smell and taste with quite a number of impressions, not this time. There's nothing remarkable about this drink and considering that this sells around here (if still available) for about EUR 260.00 per bottle, you get very little for your money's worth. I can point you to whiskies with the same flavour profile that do cost a quarter of the mentioned price. Now, what to do with my other bottles (and this one)? Probably going straight into the kitchen to be used there for cooking.

  10. ctu scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Far away the 18yo, it's full different and thinner flavors I think.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Vanilla, apple and pear, honey, citruses, glue, oak and earth.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Ripe fruits, dry oak, white pepper, cinnamon and citruses.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length, fruity, oaky.

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