Yamazaki 12 Year Old

Yamazaki

12 Year Old

(0.7l, 43%)


9.2/10
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For relaxing times, make it Suntory time.
 
Shinjiro Torii, the father of Japanese Whisky founded Suntory in 1923 by opening the first distillery in Japan, called Yamazaki. Shinjiro, who started out as a pharmaceutical wholesaler and later wine importer had found his passion for Whisky after discovering the wonders of the ageing process of spirits.
 
The distillery and indeed the passion for Whisky has been passed down to Shinjiro’s second son, Keizo Saji, who had a bold vision, one where he saw the Japanese people falling in love with premium single malt Whisky and as such he embarked on a journey to introduce it to the market. Rapid economic growth of Japan in the 1970s helped him succeed. As Keizo who was never one to become complacent with the status quo he renovated the Yamazaki distillery in 1989, and outfitted it with both wooden and stainless steel wash backs, as well as directly and indirectly heated stills, thus better equipping the distillery to make a much wider range of single malt Whiskies. This was right before the golden age of premium Whiskies.
 
Keizo’s son, Singo Toriii, who had taken over a few years ago continues with the spirit of reinvention at the Yamazaki distillery, by switching to small pot still in 2006 in order to produce a variety of high quality straight malts with a depth and richness that could withstand long periods of ageing.
 
The Yamazaki 12YO Whisky is a pure malt Whisky, which uses 100% malt Whiskies of at least 12 years old. It’s aged in a mixture of American, Spanish and Japanese oak barrels. It’s fermented longer than usual in wooden washbacks, resulting in a creamier character.


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  • Style
    Single Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Japan
  • Country
    Japan
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
    Yamazaki
  • Bottler
    Yamazaki
  • Age
    12 Year Old

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fruit
sweet
vanilla
citrus
tropical fruits
candied
peach
cinnamon
honey
What does Yamazaki 12 Year Old taste like?

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In recent years Japanese Whiskies have won a number of top prizes at the World Whisky Awards and have consistently scored higher than Scotch Whiskies in blind tastings.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Colour
 
Dark gold with gold highlights.
 
Smell / Nose / Aroma
 
Floral character, jasmine, cinnamon, candied orange, peach and red apple. Plenty of nut oils and tropical fruits.
 
Flavour / Taste / Palate
 
Full-bodied and smooth. Sweet with vanilla, citrus notes with an undercurrent of spice just underneath all the candied notes balancing dusty cigarette ash and cedarwood dryness.
 
Finish
 
Lingering with fruit and spice notes. Woody and sweet - dried apricots, peaches, pineapple.
 
Comment
 
A perfect introduction into the world of Japanese whisky
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Yamazaki 12 Year Old
Gary
Amazing
anonymous
This is a heavenly drink! Tasting experience just awesome!
Al
A great addition to any bar for daily evening drinking. Great neat or mizuwari
Micah
Excellent whiskey, makes me wish I could find the sherry cask. Subtle smoke with honey and everything else you would expect from a good Japanese whisky.
Deja
Pretty tasty. Definitely sweet.
Michael
Incredible
anonymous
If you wanna tray, imagine a younger samurai, brave and strong. Great strong flavor with fruits. But if you drink so fast, you can not smell and taste the oak and rice.
anonymous
Smokey
anonymous
A great 12 YO whisky.
Mark
Excellent. Smells of bananas and tastes of citrus
anonymous
Great drink, but tastes salty.
anonymous
A great drink
anonymous
My favorite by far
Paul
Gorgeous
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