Yamazaki Limited Edition 2016

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Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
26 may 2016 7:24 pm by Roeltje

Average value

€ 1555.63

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Whisky reviews for Yamazaki Limited Edition 2016

9 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.75 points.

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    Very very convenient, fruity and very easy drinkable - almost refreshing like an iced tea - I like this easyness very much!
    Compared with the 2017 edition I probably prefer this one just a little more!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Fresh, intense, fruity, apricots, oranges, fruit, cake, pepper, cloves, citric, oak wood - very good
    • Taste
      92 92
      Oily, sirupy, very fruity, cooked fruits, oranges, apricots, jam, peaches, little vanilla, spices, little woody - great
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, warm, fruity

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  3. malthead scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Yellow fruits, cedar wood, nuts, very nice

  5. KDD scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  6. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    Every year – since 2014 –Yamazaki releases its so-called Limited Edition. At the time of release they cost about 100 EUR – which seems a fair price indeed – but they soon sell out and then reach more than double on the secondary market. This one from 2016 recently sold at auction for 300 EUR. WTF?

    The nose is very aromatic on orangettes, cherries, marzipan and creamy vanilla. Some prune juice. While blind you might consider yourself in the Speyside at first, you’ll soon discover the typical Japanese trait of mizunari wood, which offers some incense and old temples. Lovely and elegant.

    The fruit from the nose immediately return on the palate, but is upholstered with some spices. Oranges mostly, prunes play second fiddle. I get something candy-like as if from Haribo bears. Quite peppery, though. And the oak does more than just whisper, but not disturbing at all. This is a lovely, accessible and very tasty Japanese whisky.

    The finish is medium long on vanilla and pepper.

    I would gladly pay 80 to 100 EUR for this, but 300 EUR is just not right. Having said that, if you get the chance to try this, go for it! It is a top notch authentic Japanese whisky that pleases all senses.

  7. asmazda scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Significantly overpriced even compared to Macallan 18.  I'm glad I tried it, but for this price I'll be drinking Glenfarclas family casks or Glendronach single casks.
    • Nose
      Oranges and milk chocolate, a little floral, cherries, cinnamon, marzipan, lots of creamy vanilla.  Appealing fresh nose - feels about 15 YO.
    • Taste
      Quite peppery, spices, oranges, milk chocolate.  Besides being peppery it's quite dull.
    • Finish
      Medium to short, some spice and vanilla. 

  8. Kumachan scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    It is a very nice whisky on finesse and fruity, perfectly balanced, very smooth. It is however clear (like the unfortunate 18 years old) that it suffers from a too important reduction, the final is short and a lack of volume suffers ... It remains for me better than 18 years because cooler. If it had to be given a subjective note, it would be a 86.
    • Nose
      The dress is amber, tears in number, tight, regular and fast. A taste on the palm releases barley, earth, pear, lemon and almond. It is very fruity, on a light intensity and controlled, it starts with lemon, grapefruit and its zest, the ripe persimmon dried. After this fruity opening, the malt takes over, the beer! Brown sugar, vanilla and almond. Then, what becomes really obvious is the mustard seed. We nose in an old-fashioned mustard jar. Black pepper bounced on candied orange and acidic apricot. A decidedly fresh, fruity and spicy nose. It's distinct. Mastered and balanced.
    • Taste
      We recognize Yamazaki through this vanilla fruitiness. These are for me typical markers. It is very soft and very fine. Tapestry. Then rise to power. Lemon, cinnamon, vanilla and marzipan dominate. The mid-palate is thick with butter, pear, ripe apple and raisin. Becomes vegetal around the licorice stick and mustard grain.
    • Finish
      The finish is short, on barley, cooked pear and nutmeg. The empty glass smells of barley, toasted and toasted wood.

  9. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Smells like a classic Speysider with some extra spice, I guess I would have guessed a Glenfarclas blindfolded. The nose is average. Palate and finish are really great.
    • Nose
      Apple, light spiciness, very shallow wood flavors, soft orange, vanilla and honey will come at some point also very restrained, possibly very light smoke in the background
    • Taste
      Fine spicy start, again apples and oranges, very light pepper, nice creamy sweet, it is always sweeter and slightly malty
    • Finish
      Very well-balanced, light and pleasant oak with a great sweetness and a hint of bitterness in the background

  10. Andytka3 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Citrus underlay with chocolate, dust of floral and appeared very
    elegant. Right touch of fruit, wood, complex and evolving. Thin prune
    juice, which is nice without being cloying. Balance with creamy vanilla
    emerge at the very end.

    P- Peppery coating, custard and gum-ish.  Pretty good oak fragrant initially but also with hints of new oak lingers at the back a slight turn off, balance, but lacking.

    F- Medium, easy, a bit too easy and simple for the price tag. Some treacle, hot spice, vanilla.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85


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