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Yamazaki 12-year-old

Overall rating
84.24/100
votes
821
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
Barcode
4901777020313
Added on
09 Jan 2009 11:12 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 185,12

125 × in wishlist

821 × member ratings

4066 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Yamazaki 12-year-old

111 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.24 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 90 points Administrator

    Japanese Single Malts with solid age statement are increasingly getting more expensive and hard 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. 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

  3. 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.

  4. stefan_PB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    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

  5. nallacam scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • 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.

  6. Bullionstattsuppe scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

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

  7. detachedblue scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    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.

  8. dRambo scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  9. dRambo scored this whisky 81 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

  10. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    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

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