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Yamazaki 12-year-old

Overall rating
84.28/100
votes
844
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

€ 201,96

124 × in wishlist

844 × member ratings

4200 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Yamazaki 12-year-old

113 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.28 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. 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.

  5. Schnappsdrossel 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Bullionstattsuppe scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

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

  9. 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.

  10. dRambo scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

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