Yamazaki 12-year-old

Overall rating
84.59/100
votes
1146
Whiskybase ID
WB6016
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Malt Whisky
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

€ 291.39

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Whisky reviews for Yamazaki 12-year-old

146 users have left 159 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.59 points.

  1. AntTuur scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    An intense whisky that has somewhat changed in the bottle but in my opinion in to better direction. It has lost some of those wood glue notes it had a long time ago when it was first opened.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sugar coated fruitiness raises immediately from the glass, pears and apricot, spicy oak, vanilla. A very intense nose on this. After a small time some sandalwood jumps in with sweet spices like star anise and fennel seeds.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Taste begins a bit dry, turns sweet and then dries up again. First wood, then honey with that sweet spiciness and after a while the wood returns.
    • Finish
      87 87
      In the back a dark fruity note hangs for the whole time and I get a hint of dried strawberries, but not as sweet.

  2. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet, fruit and vanilla and some buttery like cookie dough, light ginger and cinnamon notes
    • Taste
      Fruity, rather mild in the mouth. Nuts and an exotic fruitiness come later. Cinnamon again. Sweetened Ginger Pieces
    • Finish
      Spices stay longer, becomes slightly sour.

  3. bankimate scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  4. joeynoreen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. Woodman81 scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

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

  6. zzqfyl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  7. TimkoT scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  8. JJKATED scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  9. ailean scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. SRB scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This was a huge surprise.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Outstanding nose...loads of honey, candied ginger, vanilla, tonic bean, ripe grapes. The nose could also be a 20yo Cognac (GC - Prunier / VT), if the sweet smoked teriyaki beef jerky wouldn't be there.
    • Taste
      90 90
      All from above, with a sirup-like texture. Linsend-oil, fresh cut herbs, basil and marjoram. Some spices, vanilla, cinnamon and ginger. Some black pepper.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Middle-long, well balanced and warm. A lingering sweetness that slowly fades.

  11. Vallado scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  12. Killswitch scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  13. springbankking scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    One of the whiskies that got me into single malts. It is a shame the price is becoming ridiculous. A full yet delicate nose. Spicy and fruity palate and a wonderfully lingering finish.

  14. 88bamboo did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    A truly evocative whisky that is very much part of the full whisky experience. It is not only the cornerstone of Japanese whisky, but is certainly one you must try to complete your understand of whisky in full.

    Although it now enjoys its reputation as almost a nomenclature in the whisky world and maybe even Japanese culture, it has really stood the test of time and has consistently proved itself a wonderfully complete whisky. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, you’re not ever going to say no to a Yamazaki 12.

    Link to Review: https://88bamboo.co/blogs/the-bamboo-post/yamazaki-12-year-old
    • Nose
      Colour. Maple syrup or manuka honey gold.

      On the nose. Just as it is on the eyes, you get sweet honey – dollops of it. Quickly you find the honey is merely just the coating on what is essentially a massive fruit orchard. Right in the forefront you immediately find wonderfully fruity scents of red apples, honeydews, apricots, peaches – really, really fruity stuff.

      The fruitiness is so fragrant that it almost comes off as perfumery, or perhaps what would be the equivalent of nosing a freshly blossomed flower. Plumerias, jasmines, frangipanis come to mind. The aromatics are really on point.

      On subsequent nosing, other more delicate notes appear, you get a light dusting of cinnamon. There is a light crispness of pears and white grapes (y’know that crunchiness) followed by a slight tartness.

      Alongside that is just a very gentle waft of smoke, but a very sweet, fragrant one, which is most likely the sandalwood notes from the Mizunara oak talking. It’s gentle, polished agarwood with just a slight singe – the leftover plumes when you blow out some incense sticks.

      And just to round it off there’s a slight bitterness of cocoa powder, which again I think comes from the Mizunara, so the influence here is certainly noticeable. It’s very light and approachable, very delicate and bright, and for the most part a real fruit basket.
    • Taste
      The palate. A lot lighter weight than you’d imagine, it’s thinner than most whiskies so less chewy in the mouth. Very fruity still, but more on the tropical fruit side of things because of the citrus notes that come through. Oranges, grapefruit, yellow kiwis, and maybe some apple or pear fruit jam. The sweet fruity notes have more depth here in contrast to on the nose, where they were a lot brighter.

      It continues to be fragrant, both with the sweet smokiness as well as the florals. Vanilla, caramel, and pastries form the body. It is still very honeyed and kind of feels like adult (spiked?) jasmine green tea.

      One thing that really stands out here is that there is really a good balance with these flavors (a testament to Suntory’s prowess in blending), because you are mixing 3 or 4 different Yamazaki styles but yet there really is no sharp edges to be found. It is very rounded and shall I say harmonious? If anything, there is obviously a clear bias towards the sweet, fruity, florals which almost makes it feel like a dessert spirit.
    • Finish
      The finish is very delicate but very long and warming as well. The smokiness continues to linger even as the palate recedes. But all throughout you still get very fragrant touches of oriental spice, with little notes of clove, cardamom, black pepper, star anise, and light bits of fresh pine shavings.

      It’s heartening that the fruits remain as well, but more on the drying side now, with some tannins showing – reminiscent of Turkish apple tea. Dried tropical fruit slices such as oranges and kiwis round the finish off.

  15. whisky_investor_1973 scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  16. maltedbarleyfan scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    Overall great single malt providing an amazing balance of beautiful aromas, taste, and finish
    • Nose
      Sweet honey and citrus notes
    • Taste
      Lots of honey, and a bit of orange. Hints of vanilla
    • Finish
      Medium-length finish with comfortable smokiness

  17. vlad78 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    a vase full of fruits. quite a few dried fruits and dried berries.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Yellow, fresh and ripe fruits: apricots, peaches, pears. Dried fruits: dried apricots, apples, prunes and light raisins. A little warm notes from the pastry crust of the dessert.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet, consisting of fresh fruits and dried fruits, a little wood and bitterness, a little spice but passing quickly.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Sweet, fruity, slightly tart, short-lived.

  18. Sir MaHei scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  19. Saftkenner scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great standard bottling and a good start if you want to explore Yamazaki whiskys and also this very unique aroma, which is a nice complement to Scottish and Irish whisk(e)y.
    I bought my first 12-year-old Yamazaki in 2014 (just before the hype triggered by Jim Murray) for €65 from a local dealer. After that, the prices exploded and it was hardly available. Now I'm glad that it's almost always available for 120€...
    This is a bottle that has a permanent place on my whisky shelf and that I would always buy again.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Full and fruity. Warmth is good for him.
      Juicy orange, vanilla, peach, cocktail cherry, oak spice, tangerine, lemon balm.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Nice and oily for only 43%. Vanilla, Blood Orange, Cherry, Papaya, Honey, Galia Melon, Hubba Bubba Apple.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium finish. What remains are exotic fruits (melon, papaya, pineapple) with some oak.

  20. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Great single malt example to introduce sb to the classic Japanese taste. Silly expensive for what it is though, more like 50-60 EUR worth.

  21. Chesterfield scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    One of the most complex 12s I know.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  22. Foudos scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  23. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A good whisky. He's got something for 12 years. Even with "only" 43%, it transports the oak well. It's fun and never gets boring.
    Due to the price, there will probably never be a large bottle.
    • Nose
      The fruits are more yellow and go in the exotic direction. Pineapple and lychee. With vanilla and wood sugar. Orange blossom honey. Also tree sap and sap. Now and then some tree bark. A little rose water. Even a fresh note like mint comes back every now and then.
    • Taste
      A nice mix of sweetness and wood flavor. The fruits from the nose are now primarily sweet and no longer as fruity. Maple syrup. Also something like quince jelly. Then there is a pleasant tingling of the oak and it gradually becomes bitter and spicier. The wood is now spreading.
    • Finish
      Getting drier. Apricot peel. Tree sap. Nuts.

  24. L_Gillian scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    First tasting (refined notes) i picked up lots of floral and earthy notes. (87pts)
    Second time i picked up a lot more sherry influence, big softness (85pts)
    • Nose
      88 88
      Floral notes are very present from the start. Passion fruit, jasmin, pears, english liquorice, nuts and a buttery sweetness.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Round spices, earth and nuts with a good cloak of sweetness, slowly revealing some tropical fruits and again candy liquorice.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Perfectly round and warming, candy sweetness and something zesty.

  25. Highlander65 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I taste this malt during my trip to Japan in September 2019, directly at the distillery.
    Less pander and piacione than NAS, but more complex, richer in spicy and woody notes. Very very elegant and elegant, but also very drinkable.
    • Nose
      The nose is drier than NAS, more complex, with notes of oak, cream, fruit and spices.
    • Taste
      In the mouth it is denser and spicy, less sweet and less alcoholic than the NAS, but equally fruity and creamy.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium and leaves a good sweet and fruity flavor in the mouth

  26. Mapl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  27. TsiAI scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Eyes: Golden Smell. Nose: Smell is dry and neat, with citrus, yuzu, winter dates, peaches, Tieguanyin tea leaves, woody red sandalwood (I didn’t expect to smell it, Fei Chai shook his head), taste of fermented dough Palate: slightly sweet, peach juice, orange peel cake, orange peel jam, woody aroma, roasted apple, apricot meat, fruit cake, tea bag end rhyme Finish: long, tea, wood shavings, wood bookshelf, rock sugar water Body: Medium light, insufficient grease
    Nose: 85/100
    Palate: 85/100
    Finish: 83/100
    Body: 84/100
    Overall: 84/100. It tastes better than I expected. The peach flavor is quite good, but the taste is still just an ordinary basic model (although the price is not basic), why do you have to stare at Yamazaki 12, Suwei There are plenty of alternatives, which are better and cheaper than it

  28. WJF1007 scored this whisky 81 points Member Junior

    Honestly people are just having too high expectation on Japanese whisky. This one, in general, it's too mediocre.
    The nosing has nothing special, the mouthfeel burns, the texture gets in between oily and watery, the palate it's ok, but that's it.

    The price for it's quality it's just unreasonable. Like I said, this is a very normal 12yo whisky, with the same price range you may get some excellent even 21yo scotch.
    If you haven't try this before, try a glass would be enough. Don't bother getting a bottle, it ain't worth it.

  29. Gous scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  30. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A good thing. Smells and tastes older than the 12 years. I always smiled a little at Japanese whiskys, but they can do something.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Very fruity, apples and pears, but more fermented than fresh. It smells pretty ripe and deep and much older than the 12 years.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Very fruity in taste, too, it is quite grounded. In the taste one notices the sherry casks, which bring a nice counterpoint to the fruitiness. Nutty, woody, a little spicy. It is very oily or buttery.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is relatively long. It starts a bit spicy, but is getting warmer. Beautiful walnut and caramel notes come again.

  31. DrunkDude scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Smell: mix of apples and rosé, charming fruits, hints of flowers, delicate and sweet.
    • Taste
      85 85
      very light at the beginning, then honey sweet and some wasabi and spices takes over, with some final umami in the post.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Finish: some apples, some cooked fruits, and chocolates and coca, but not strong.

  32. Gigiomix scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Second passage in jappo whiskys after cousin Hakushu same aging. Light, fresh, perfect, balanced, pure whisky, but without any particular character. Even less unforgettable than Hakushu. On the nose, mainly vanilla biscuits, while on the palate, in addition to biscuits, butter and orange are added. Medium length cinnamon finish. The hideous plasticaccia screw cap is unspeakable for a bottle of this price. Not my cup of tea.

  33. zxmpolaris scored this whisky 75 points Newbie

    Vanilla, vanilla and vanilla, boring, better to make highball.

  34. victorlcw scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  35. valasios scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  36. SAND scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    (Tasted blind)
    COLOUR: Golden.
    NOSE: After long aering; sweet, semolina, bourbon notes; some dried banana, tropical fruits, hints of marzipan. Rice wine. (85-86p)
    TASTE: Rounded, mild, medium viscosity, a little oily(?), some tropical fruit, a bit of dried fruits. Well balanced. (86-88p)
    OVERALL: Well made, well blended, well engineered (?), better quality (and needing more air) than I have realised earlier but not making me too enthusiastic. Total score 86 points.

  37. Vince scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Good whisky, yes. But generally overrated and way waaaay overpriced now.

  38. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/03/30/odds-ends-march-2020/

    As an occasional treat, £13.50 for a dram is a fair price considering Yamazaki 12’s relative rareness, and in a pub too! It’s a great place the Craft Beer Co.

    N: Flawless straightforward malt with an immaculate barley and lemon unctuousness. Beautiful.
    T&F: Check that mouthfeel, making for an uber-pleasing drinker in the style of Glenlivet’s fabulous 25yo Royal Wedding Reserve [WLP92].

    C: This one seems to divide people, yet it’s surely nothing like a Marmite malt. Currently priced at around £120 a bottle I find it cracking subtle stuff. Maybe the significant divide is more to do with expectations?

  39. amasty scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Fresh, light, bourbon aftertaste, vanilla, greenhouse.
    Interesting finish

  40. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  41. IIIZIII scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    2018.08.03
    • Nose
      A definite mizunara oak smell. Juicy fruits, fresh fruits, honeyed. Slight hint of darker nuances. Floral, honeysuckle
    • Taste
      Rather intense but coming out "smooth". SLight oaky finish

  42. Koalafant scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very balanced malt, which reminds me of the Kavlan Soloist Vinho Barrique, but less bulky and intrusive.
    • Nose
      Pronounced but pleasantly fruity of grapes and wine (white Bordeaux) with a touch of vanilla and oak.
    • Taste
      Very balanced sweetness of wine and vanilla
    • Finish
      Long and round

  43. Joband scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  44. kanpai79 scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

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

  45. Bam scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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.

  46. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 90 points Super Administrator

    Japanese Single Malts with age statement are increasingly getting more expensive and harder to find. However, the superb Yamazaki 12 from Japan's oldest distillery 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

  47. JNuyts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  48. wbarchive_712710 did not rate this whisky 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.

  49. 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.

  50. DocF scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Color: Deep Gold

    With an interesting distillate and use of first-fill barrels with a sense of proportion you have managed to get a more than solid 12 year old, for a euphoric rating, however, I miss it fragrant and that is not only due to the 43%.
    • Nose
      Is developing strongly, from lemon ice cream, cough syrup, quince marmalade, cinnamon and chlorinated water over lime blossom, wet earth and freshly sawn hardwood to old oak, thyme and malt beer. Here he comes to rest, almost a bit boring. Beeswax, lavender.
    • Taste
      Sweet, juicy, thyme, cinnamon, tree juice, slightly fragrant on the chest. Trockenaprikose. Again the chlorine note. Old half-timbered house with open ground.
    • Finish
      Medium long, waxy, fir resin. Vanilla, bitumen.

  51. stefan_PB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Great whisky with unfortunately a not so good PLV.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet tropical fruits, fresh malt and fresh cereals
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweetness of cereal starch, honey and almonds, nice oily with a hint of herbal notes
    • Finish
      84 84
      Very long, a bit sprightly, malt comes through and some oak at the end

  52. nallacam scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Fruit and vanilla, balanced and mild, apricots, a bit of mango, with a few drops of honey. Almost no alcohol noticeable, the oak also holds back very much.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Absolutely round, but also without corners and edges, ie not really complex. Hardly bitterness and very pleasant to drink. The fruits of the nosing are not so clear anymore.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Long and hardly bitter, it lacks a bit of character, for me a bit too shallow.

  53. wbarchive_336582 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    https://www.malthead.org/malthead/japan-tasting-mit-yamazaki-12-hakushu-12-und-mehr

  54. detachedblue scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Better this time than I had before, a newly opened bottle, different to modern Speyside products, more interesting.
    • Nose
      Orange and light smoke, some sipirits, after a sip, more ripe appl.
    • Taste
      Sour apple, quite smoky, liquorice, golden apple.
    • Finish
      Nedium, mint, sweet.

  55. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  56. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    very good standard - probably the best 12yo standard I ever had.
    • Nose
      attractively sweet, orange, lemon, lychee, pineapple, apricot, olive oil, coconut cream, panacotta, toasted oak, sweet grass, ginger, super creamy - slight Pappnote, wax, menthol, flowers, green tea
    • Taste
      sweet, warming, spicy - juicy fresh oak sawdust, citrus fresh, pineapple and apricot, tree sap, pepper, strong light fresh oak,
    • Finish
      Wax, oak, beautiful fruits - medium with very delicate bitterness

  57. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The nose is still quite neat, if you leave the whisky some time in the glass, but the taste is disappointing. The bitter wood notes dominate and the alcohol is rather poorly integrated and obtrusive.
    • Nose
      Custard, exotic fruits (passion fruit, banana), some gum, pungent alcohol in the nose, chocolate.
    • Taste
      Again exotic fruits, clear notes of wood, spicy, rather poorly bound alcohol
    • Finish
      Departure rather short / medium long than long with a bitter note of wood and espresso

  58. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The 12YO is a quite good! It has fresh grass, perfume, herbal, menthol, sweet fruits, chocolate and furniture polish notes on nose. The palate is an enough sweet, dry and spicy with notes of white fruits, polish and black tea. The long finish a little bit spicy with green apples and grass notes.

  59. Lorion scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Tasty and balanced. 80P.
    • Nose
      Pear, malt, oak, honey, apricot.
    • Taste
      Malt and oak are a hint in the front, pear and floury apple follow closely.
    • Finish
      Subtle, medium. Slightly dry.

  60. htz881 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  61. larswehmeier scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Great fruity nose. Blueberry. Nutty. Pear. Honey.
    • Taste
      Very mild and elegant in the taste. Goes well with your nose
    • Finish
      Unfortunately a bit short but mild and pleasant.

  62. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Well balanced overall, well balanced, but nothing to remember after hundreds of years
    • Nose
      Pear juice, pickled peaches and overripe banana (sweet and creamy). Additionally strong floral with extreme vanilla and light saltiness. It is clearly recognizable in the Hibiki bottlings. Relatively light, flowery, very mild spicy (cinnamon and nutmeg)
    • Taste
      soft, fresh with light acidity (oranges), then suddenly very nutty-spicy. Mild honey. Dry spicy finish, characteristic Mizunara influence noticeable (earthy caramel)
    • Finish
      medium length, not very spectacular

  63. 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

  64. Bona scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Elegant Japanese with great oak and spiciness. Not to compare with most scottish 12s with 43%.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  65. dram_on scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    A very good beginner's bottle (it was mine), but now that prices for this one have increased to more than what it's worth, there are other better values out there.

  66. 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.

  67. GlenGabriel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  68. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/yamazaki-12-yo-suntory-ob/

  69. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2014]  I had this dram during a "world whiskies" tasting at Bonn.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 82,5.  My notes state a sweet profile with rather shy aromas.  It is easy to drink but nothing to remember by tomorrow morning...

  70. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    You have to give it some real time, at least 20-30 minutes and a 12 year old, respect! Then he is one of the best young sherrylastigen from Nippon!
    • Nose
      It takes time, then a very nice aroma between florality, sherry (especially cherry), some malt, pineapple, salt
    • Taste
      Restrained, pleasant, oily, orange peel, lavender, malt, light oak, earthy-woody, peach
    • Finish
      Medium to long, very pleasant, warm, sherrylastig, cherry and berries

  71. DrinkingWhisky scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 13/11/2016 in a Japanese line-up (WB ID's 70236, 5443, 9252, 38412, 6016, 71248 and 20342, in that order). Nice, but a bit weird after the Nikka's; completely different palate. Seems more sophisticated, but with an "edge" and less expressive than the Nikka's. 
    • Nose
      Waxy (Dutch: boenwas), a bit weird at first. Oranges, some vanilla, but also some rags with gasoline. Hints of red fruit. 
    • Taste
      Orange zest combined with wax (Dutch: boenwas) - but in a nice way. Hint of menthol. More fruitiness (red currant). Very clean taste. 
    • Finish
      The oranges keep lingering; turning towards aniseed. White pepper. 

  72. lukeboone scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  73. Glen Highland did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  74. MasterOfPuppets scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    For half the price, it would be recommended, but 100 € he is not even worth it. He tastes good anyway.
    • Nose
      Malt, ice candy, cinnamon, light fruits, peach, nutmeg, toffee, vanilla, raisin, walnut
    • Taste
      Seasoning, charcoal, ginger, cognac, white pepper, roasted nuts,
    • Finish
      Medium long, spicy then sweet

  75. mer1973 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  76. yggr scored this whisky 82 points Specialist

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  77. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  78. Andytka3 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Second Tried:- Jan 2017

    N- Almost like a lemon-ed vanilla. Caramelized plummy wood integrated
    well with earl grey tea notes. Fruit liqueurs. Balanced, rounded, stable
    and supple in aroma. Aged and concocted to pleased most noses. P- Elegant and ultra balance with smooth texture. Creme caramel,
    honeydew, strawberry candy, may be some sweet liquorice with welcoming
    bold spicy notes.

    F- Medium length, a dash of tart young plum whipped in with dry cedar wood. Very good with medium body weight.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

    ***
    First Tried:- July 2017 / Weighted Rate:- 88pt
    Nose:-
    Rush of plum and vanilla come thru with waves of floral note.
    Underneath with touches of nutmeg and woody coal. Very lively and
    energetic chap, punchy and nose warming.

    Palate:- Big, spiky and astringent of spices and raw root, sour fruits come along. Green and fresh.

    Finish:- Go the extra mile and echoing. Woody dry and spicy. Still feeling the pulse beating on the palate after a while.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      87 87

  79. Landryn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  80. lukeboone scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Overall, comparing the entry of this and hakushu 12, hakushu 12 is still the better choice for me. It seems to be more interesting in the journey and definitely more inspiring as a dram. The yama 12 works as go to drink when u have a company to entertain, but for a dram to enjoy, that hakushu is wat u wanna pour for ur guest with u that has little words and more whisky in the mouth.
    • Nose
      Nose
      Dry uncooked red dates is introduced after that alcohol hit. Some dark sweetness, some red or dark berries come to mind, can't really identify or segregate it. Very very light hints of sherryness comes to mind as well. This can be surprising, buku latihan smell without that muskyness to it. Then came toasted honey with some small hints of vanilla riding along waving as that pillion rider behind that biker. Hints of wood oakiness is there as well at the very end. 
    • Taste
      Mouth
      Light medium smooth oily mouth feel. Sherry is definitely there, but more of a light vanilla milk chocolate type of sherry influence. Sweet sherry Honey and hint of vanilla is defitely there. Very very light wet wood water starts to kick in after that distinct mid note before handing over to the finish (read: water oak, no idea wat I'm describing as well). Spiciness comes after the mid note as well and grows as it goes. 
    • Finish
      Finish
      Again some light milk chocolate lingers around, some choc bitterness comes honking round the corner. If u let it swirl within ur mouth longer, you really get they real good Sherry sweetness to it on the finish after that that growing of spiciness. 

  81. Markie81 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      85 85

  82. kot1803 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  83. xxnickxx scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

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

  84. J23 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      88 88

  85. J23 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Overall good dram, bit overpriced now. 
    • Nose
      Very full on the nose. Some nuts, exotic fruit and some flowers. 
    • Taste
      Very smooth. Good combination of sweetness and spices. This evolves to something rather fresh, maybe even a little sour. A pleasent suprise. 
    • Finish
      Fruity finish. 

  86. rpvdwel scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  87. GIORGOS scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  88. MrManners scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

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

  89. Single Dram did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    It's all about the bitterness and some sweet notes.

    #2016_003
    • Nose
      After
      adding a touch of water.

      Sweetness
      like Honey and Sherry, Bitterness.
    • Taste
      Grapefruit and the Bitterness
      of the peel,
      Honey, Cane
      Sugar, Pepper, Floral, Dry, Smoke, Salt, Warm in
      the troat.
    • Finish
      Dry, Salt, and the
      flavours vanish very quickly after the first sip.

  90. frtiyo scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

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

  91. Daan Tje scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  92. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N: Grain-ish with lemon and fluffy icing-sugar. Rather Speyside like so far and not far off the previous Talisker WB if you disregard the heavy peating.
    T: Waxy, mild pepperiness and light lemon - with nothing 'firm' or decided. It's a bit ‘blendy’ and chalky, lacking clarity.
    F: Returns to its distillate roots. Some candy, boiled sweets.
    C: I struggled with this but enjoyed it also - some good, some not so good. I always did like the 12yo, especially back in the day [2008]. The batch quality [in my mind] was notched up when introduced to the UK market via Sainsburys when it was £39! That concludes the ‘Time & Space’ blind tasting which started with the Highland Park new-make WB

    Scores a C+

  93. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    Ugh! This was my first Japanese whisky and I did not like it. It was definetely one of the worst drams I tried so far.

    How can a standard 12yo whisky be rated 89/100???

  94. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      71 71

  95. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  96. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Very drinkable and enjoyable. Qualifies clearly as a daily dram. Very good!
    • Nose
      Rich, fruity, honey, ripe bananas, little citrus fruits
    • Taste
      Fresh, fruity, nice sweetness, smooth but though a bit punchy and peppery, clear oak wood but not overloaded
    • Finish
      Medium long and warm

  97. robain scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    • Nose
      Sweet honey
    • Taste
      Honey, fuity, a little oily but very smooth
    • Finish
      Medium long finish

  98. robain scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      95 95

  99. jankes scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  100. McGipi scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Hm, etwas "overhyped"
    • Nose
      anders, fruchtig
    • Taste
      mild, würzig, süss
    • Finish
      mittlerer Abgang, fruchtig

  101. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is a delicious whisky with a beautiful balance of scents and flavors. Beautiful deep complex aromas and surprising smells that makes it distinctly different from the Scottish Single Malts.喝采!
    • Nose
      Light notes of sherry, pine honey, vanilla, coffee, spicy (cardamom, ginger, bay leaf and a hint of mint?), Fruity (banana, fried banana, pineapple, orange, plums, papaya, pear candies and coconut), cake, Green floral notes (grass, lilies and jasmine tea) and very soft drop tone. A beautiful complex, creamy and fresh composition.
    • Taste
      Light pepperiness, vanilla, honey and barley sugars. Breakfast cereals, soft salty notes, fruity and floral. Has a soft and creamy mouthfeel. Complex depth and yet fresh
    • Finish
      Medium finish with medium sherry, mild oak tones and a little kick.

  102. maltaholic scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is the still affordable little brother of the famous 18 year old. He smells great, if you like it fruity, sweet, lovely. It is like any Japanese almost a work of art. The longer it is in the glass, the more fruity it becomes, intense vanilla. Very long, pleasant finish. The empty glass smells extremely good. It does not always have to be 18 years!

  103. Sandman scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    My notes from 27-9-2014
    • Nose
      Citrus, lemon peel, honey, vanilla and marzipan. With water: fruit, raisins and a bit of sherry
    • Taste
      Oak, dry, chocolate and little fruit
    • Finish
      Tall, oak and dry

  104. wekke scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior



    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt



    Nose: Good body with plenty of nut oils and zest, a pleasant floral character with a little tropical fruit and a rooty note.
    Palate:
    Smooth and soft with good sweetness and winter spice. A lovely citrus
    note develops with more tropical fruit notes and a little rum.
    Finish: Medium with fruit and zest.




  105. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    really round and delicious, baer could have been a good standard jock, so little recognition for me. Still a great all day dram. Dangerously tasty!
    • Nose
      Beautiful, full fruit bouquet, honey, pear, slightly flowery. Reminiscent of a classic Speysider, maybe Balvenie. Later, maybe some pineapple will be added.
    • Taste
      very mild, very sweet onset, also here a lot of ripe pears, honey and light malt, a little oak, very tasty and round. Delicious.
    • Finish
      medium length, fruity, no jottings all along the line.

  106. Mathan did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Blind tasting and rather not my case
    • Nose
      the alcohol stings something in the nose, peppery, later honey, pear and lavender
    • Taste
      At first, references to a grappa, strong, then bitter and a little sweet
    • Finish
      bitter, with time grape and some fennel

  107. Markie81 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  108. Thermidor scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    A pretty slick product, but after finishing my bottle I feel the oak's too loud for me. A good example of the up- and downsides of Japanese whisky. Just having one glass makes you feel like buying a bottle, but then having bought one, drinking it becomes a bit of a chore.

  109. lincolnimp scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    When I first tried this, even at only 12 years old I thought the wood influence was too strong and it was really bitter on the palate. After the bottle was open a few months it had improved but still way short of any quality.

  110. squaadgras scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  111. Goethe scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Comments

    A complex relatively young whisky. This one profits from different oak casks and the Japanese drive for elegance.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Honey, ripe fruits, coconut, vanilla, tropical fruits.
    • Taste
      Coconut, overripe pear, overripe fruits, sweet oak, apricot.
    • Finish
      Medium. Nuts, honey, oak.

  112. FernetBranco scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  113. Butz75 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  114. Jaydee scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      85 85

  115. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  116. Wolv scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  117. bull10298 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A fragrant, sweet nose, with coconut, honey and a hint of spice. Delightfully
    complex in the mouth, with malt, figs and sweet spices. The finish is long,
    elegant and fruity, with spicy oak. A whisky that should have the Scots worried!
    A complex, elegant and polished dram.

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

     

  118. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  119. webdiver scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

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

  120. markkerr02 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Test 063: Japanese Whisky - 061014
    The whisky tested:
    Glass 1 Nikka Miyagiakiou 15Y; 779 kr 2 points Glass 2 Nikka Taketsuru 17Y; 652 kr 4 points Glass 3 Yoichi 10Y; 570 kr 6 points Glass 4 Yamazaki 12Y; 701 kr 8 points Glass 5 Hanyo 18Y / 1987; 1200 kr 19 points Glass 6 Hibiki 21Y; about 1600 kr 13 points
    Testimonials Bernt Sjödin Yamazaki 12Y; 701 kr Color: Light amber Scent: Nourishing, ripe apples Taste: Compassionate, tenderness, sweet moods, fattones Aftertaste: Medium with pleasant night tones https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/9253/nikka-15-year-old

  121. DannyBacon scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Fruity and nutty nose. A little perfumed ton. A drop of water opens up a little more power. The taste is soft and pretty sweet. Feels hazelnuts and almonds. Good fullness and a good but too short aftertaste. Well balanced and incredibly good! A drop of water opened up a little more spices and for a while in the glass it got a little more woody tones and more of the nuts flavor. Could have had some more power
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      85 85

  122. wbarchive_149037 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A good whisky to discover Japanese style. Good quality, but it s definitely too expensive. As said, Japanese style even in the price tag !
    • Nose
      Fruits, a bit smoky and oaky. Elegant and fine. Japanese style.
    • Taste
      Elegant, even a bit complex. The smoky notes of the nose are confirmed.
    • Finish
      Not extremely long, on cinamon and citrus notes.

  123. Unic scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    Sinbad, it must be the Sherry cask effect at £2000 a bottle!

  124. Unic scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    Getting expensive. But a lovely whisky. Well made and complex. Intriguingly, after watching a Suntory video showing the amazing ice balls etc, I tried it with sparkling water and it was, interestingly enjoyable!
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  125. Sieb scored this whisky 70 points Newbie

    • Nose
      58 58
    • Taste
      64 64
    • Finish
      84 84

  126. Sinbad50 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Any ideas why this whisky has become very difficult to find? Both the Yamazaki 12yo and the Yamazaki 18yo have become very dfiifcult to find and the prices have shot up.

  127. Gos Ruben scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  128. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Succulent with soft fruit.
    Color: pure gold

    Nose: peach, pineapple, grapefruit,clove, candied orange, vanilla, Mizunara (Japanese oak)

    Palate: coconut, cranberry, butter

    Finish: sweet ginger, cinnamon, long finish

    Tasting Notes by Yamazaki ( Suntory )

  129. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  130. Mobbe scored this whisky 80 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      82 82

  131. Georges scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  132. Georges scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet citrus, tropical fruit, nutty, honey, vanilla
    • Taste
      Sweet, nutty, fruity
    • Finish
      Long, dry, citrus, honey

  133. Hvdree scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  134. Buckeyechemie scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Nose: Flowers, honey

    Taste: Honey, pear, apricot, vanilla, caramel, sea salt, tobacco, pepper, oak
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  135. Myst111 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      77 77

  136. ricallende scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  137. Wild Thing scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The Japanese oak makes it very interesting.
    • Nose
      Full aroma with very little sherry. Lots of fruit, dark dry fruits honey and vanilla. The fruits stand out especially.
    • Taste
      Mildly then the oak spice comes out discreetly and notes of dried fruits, honey, malt and nuts. Very slightly dry.
    • Finish
      Medium long and finally the oak comes back, but very discreet.

  138. Max Power scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  139. djork scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  140. Ivynor scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The nose was promising but the average result. a good whisky nevertheless
    Tasted during Vinidôme 2012
    • Nose
      Sweet, candied fruit, baked cake, caramel, almost "sherry"
    • Taste
      It's a little disappointing, after the nose. It's harsh, simple, dry, with some fruit, vanilla and caramel.
    • Finish
      Long enough, and unfortunately a little dry.

  141. Abydoss scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Gentle vanilla and mild honey paired with marzipan chocolates and raisins. In addition, light citrus fruit and acidity. Light oak flavor. In the background an aromatic trace of cold smoke.
    • Taste
      Intense malty with honey sweetness and notes of rather ripe and sweet pineapple (the white pineapple gum-trees).

      Rather surprising after the mild-sweet nose. I would not have expected so much intensity and spice.

      Unfortunately, despite the 43% already a little verwaessert.
    • Finish
      A little oak flavor, which also lasts longer, but otherwise absolutely clear and pure.

  142. LukeFive scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  143. TeunNL scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    A great, sweet and easy to handle dram. Does have a bit of complexity and depth with tropical fruits (lychee) and a little dark chocolate or cacao. If you like your whiskies on the sweet side, this one is definitely recommended, even for the price of 60 euro. 

  144. Igor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Inviting, dessert-like, delicious. Fruit jelly, table grapes, succade, sugared lemon/lime?, pulp of kiwi fruit, rolled oats, chocolate vanilla ice cream, candied roasted nuts, boiled sweets.
    • Taste
      Richly toffeeish, fudge cake, fondant icing, marzipan, dates, latte, ground cinnamon, powdered chocolate, white pepper.
    • Finish
      Zesty, spicy-hot, soft wood, sandalwood?, dried cloves, allspice, ginger, citric bite, fruit cake, orange peel, root beer?, ginger beer, brown sugar, nutmeg.

  145. Angelos scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This is my first japanese whisky. Tried it in a japanese sushi restaurant. It won't be my last japanese whisky ;)
    • Nose
      A wonderful vanilla note. Hints of almonds. Some sweetness. You can notice a permanent alcohol note.
    • Taste
      vanilla, some nuttiness and honey, something you would link with christmas, clean, clear and a bit fresh
    • Finish
      Quite short.! absolute clean

  146. Alex scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Suntory Yamazaki 12 year old single malt is medium-bodied with aromas of dried fruits and honey. Delicate and mellow tasting with a lingering, woody finish.

     

    http://www.shanghai9.net/whisky-whisky/suntory-yamazaki-12-year-old-japanese-single-malt-whisky.html 

  147. drkrylov scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Aged in casks of three different kinds of oaks: American, Spanish and Japanese.

  148. drkrylov scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      85 85

  149. drkrylov scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Flowery. Fresh herbs. Biscuity.
    • Taste
      Lightly clean and sweet. Honeyed. Intense.
    • Finish
      Burst of concentrated perfumy sweetness, balanced by cereal-grain notes and Japanese oak.

  150. zinaf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    My first ever Japanese whisky. I really liked it.

    SGP: 541
    • Nose
      sherry, sweet, cherry stones, something strange but very nice (is this the Japanese oak?)

      (water) not a swimmer at all; much thinner now, dried fruits in GermanChristmas cake.
    • Taste
      sweet and sour; absolute delight
    • Finish
      medium long; with some saltiness

  151. mmaclean scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    This 12 year is modeled after the Scottish industry. The 12 year has bright tropical fruit on the nose and palate, full bodied. The whisky is aged in American, Spanish and Japanese oak barrels. The influence is definitely notable on the finish.

  152. QuarterCentury did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Japan’s premiere single malt with a delicate and elegant taste that
    makes it a superbly drinkable whisky with layers of complex aromas. It
    continues to capture the hearts of whisky lovers the world over.

  153. Willie JJ scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Some very nice aspects to this. I like it.
    • Nose
      Chocolate, coffee and cherry cake. Tunnock's Caramel Wafers, orange sweets, malt and nutty toffee with gentle peat smoke.
    • Taste
      Smokey hit at first with a maritime note, but the malt asserts itself with a little toffee and citrus.
    • Finish
      Dry, spicey and gently warming. Nicely long.

  154. Feusi scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Better than expected, fine soft music, an absolutely nice dram. Soft and sweet sherry with a hints of herbs. Sweet and fruity sherry with some oak. A rather long fruity finish.

  155. Ras Mazunga did not rate this whisky Super Administrator

    Fantastic whisky. I believe I can taste the japanese oak.

  156. hsmithjr scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A very nice 12 year dram, and I would not say no to it, however, it is not currently my "go to" whisky.
    • Nose
      Honey over vanilla ice cream. Soft sherried notes. Fruit gums.
    • Taste
      Soft and supple. Perhaps a bit too soft. Ripe fruits and honey. Some mild oak. Vanilla?
    • Finish
      Medium. Leaves a little too soon. Cabernet and tobacco.

  157. nijholtm scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A very nice daily dram, but the price is to high.
    • Nose
      Sweet with vanilla & caramel. Slowly fades with soft notes of malt and pop rice or perhaps some rice wine.
    • Taste
      Light structure with sherry notes, apricot pie, honey and a nice hint of lemon syrup.
    • Finish
      Medium to long with a dry after-punch. Laurel, pepper and cacao powder.

  158. CrilleVBG scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    One of my favorite standard whiskies, so sweet and fruity.
    • Nose
      Really good nose, so fruity and sherried. Peach, sherry and rose water.
    • Taste
      Sweet sherry and fruity. Sherry, oak, vanilla and so on... Can sometimes feel a little bit diluted.
    • Finish
      Medium long finish. Smooth and full of sherry notes.

  159. wytsox scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    My bottle is labeled, Suntory Single Malt Whisky "Yamazaki", 43% and 75 cl.

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