spicy
vanilla
fruit
sweet
floral
honey
oak
candied
tropical fruits
Spiral Yamazaki 12 Year Old
Yamazaki
12 Year Old
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


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Yamazaki 12 Year Old is adored for its spicy, vanilla, fruit and sweet flavor notes.

This Japanese Whisky is carefully distilled at Yamazaki distillery, Japan.

Based on 187 votes, the average rating for Yamazaki 12 Year Old is 8.7/10.

Top reviews for Yamazaki 12 Year Old:

— Hard ronkonkoma find a better whiskey that tastes better than virtually every other scotch from Scotland.

— Nose is a 10, Palate a 9, pretty close to perfection

— Awesome whiskey complex flavors change as you roll it around your mouth. Excellent finish leaves you wanting more
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Japan
  • Country
    Japan
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    12 Year Old

Yamazaki 12 Year Old

(0.75l, 43%)


8.7/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Yamazaki 12 Year Old
Ray
Ray,
Hard ronkonkoma find a better whiskey that tastes better than virtually every other scotch from Scotland.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Pretty solid. Lots of flavor. Kind of spicy but still had some smoothness. A tasting party favorite. Very enjoyable.
 
Devlin
Devlin,
I wish I still smoked because his would pair nicely with some fine tobacco and a comfy leather chair.
 
guest
guest,
Just an absolute delight, so so drinkable.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
I love it. I loved it when I first had it five years ago at $80 a bottle, and I love it now at twice the price (or at much lower prices, when I find myself in Japan). Maybe this club will teach me to identify the various flavors, and at some point I'll write tasting notes that are actually a more useful guide. Maybe. But for now: "I love it" will have to do.
 
Myke
Myke,
Excellent bottle. Tried at Deathmatch in Hell. Smooth, easy to sip.
 
Phil
Phil,
This was my first foray into Japanese whisky. On tasting, at first I was surprised by its strength ... very hot and spicy. But as the taste lingered on my tongue it smoothed to perfection. This is a complex whisky that I don't think I fully appreciated, but I loved every bit.
 
Alon
Alon,
Very smooth, slight sweet, fruit aroma, mild spice, fits right into the highland scotch tradition. Excellent whisky.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
The sweet after taste of vanilla and the smoothness of the whiskey was fantastic
 
ANDREW
ANDREW,
Nose is a 10, Palate a 9, pretty close to perfection
 
Lee
Lee,
My go to whiskey. Enjoyable. A little hot for my taste neat but really nice with a splash of water or with a rock.
 
Kurt
Kurt,
Good spice, that settles in to a smooth vanilla sweet flavor. Excellent whiskey very pleased.
 
Terry
Terry,
I like it but only with a splash of water.
 
Joe
Joe,
Awesome whiskey complex flavors change as you roll it around your mouth. Excellent finish leaves you wanting more
 
Luiz
Luiz,
Love it, best balanced 12 yo
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
Amazing Whisky. So smooth it gets me in trouble.
 
guest
guest,
Real smooth. Tasty.
 
Jenna
Jenna,
Very fruity with a little bit of a burn at the end and honey finish
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
It's nice. It's smooth. It's fruity. It is a very friendly whiskey.
 
Mike
Mike,
Never again
 
Kim
Kim,
Not really worth the price tag in my opinion, but still a very good whisky. For the price I had to pay to get one bottle (€130) I could’ve gotten two solid 18yo or three other 12yo here in sweden. I think The Hakushu 12yo is a better whisky if you take the price of the bottle into consideration. Definately overhyped because of Yamazaki 18yo! But on the nose I can get some dries fruits, banana and if I water it down and let it breathe I can get a whiff of toffee. Palate is almost in the same line, sweet and a little bit spicy, but the further you get I feel it get’s to bitter for my taste, it’s like eating grape peel and that’s not really my cup of tea. I need to put some water in this to appreciate it more, and the water balance the experience in a good way. Finish is medium, compared to the Hakushu that has the longest and nicest finish I’ve had in a 12yo. Overhyped? Yes. Bur still a solid 8/10! Cheers!
 
Patrick
Patrick,
There's huge hype around anything Japanese. I picked up my bottles way back before all the hype. I'm not the biggest fan of the 12 given the current price point. Sure, I'll drink it but I wouldn't lose sleep over it. Good whisky, just not $100+ good.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Fantastic 12 year old. Rich and matured nicely. Not overly forward with charred oak.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
By far my favorite every day single malt. Not to smokey or sweet, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the sun.
 
guest
guest,
Man, I just don't get this whiskey. Doesn't fall in line with my preferred flavor profiles.
 
Logan
Logan,
Nice balance of fruit with a little bit of smoke. One of my all time favorites.
 
guest
guest,
Forget my waxing on with tasting notes. Simply -- WOW!
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Woah.....what's with the markup on the price? If I wanted to pay auction prices, I'd just buy on Bottle Spot.
 
Lorenzo
Lorenzo,
Nice dram! Great fruit aroma's, sweet at the start and finishes with a nice punch at end. Great choice to add to the collection.
 
John
John,
Epitome of what Japanese Whisky can be!!
 
Larry
Larry,
Smell: Reveals fruit and floral aroma. Taste: Smooth with a slight rum note.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Nice experience. I enjoyed the chance at trying a highly rated Japanese Whisky. Very Scotch like.
 
guest
guest,
Not quite my favorite, I prefer nikka as my favorites.
 
Brad
Brad,
very good easy start and smooth finish. I could see myself sitting around sipping this with a great conversation
 
Anthony
Anthony,
Smoother than expected.
 
guest
guest,
As good as the finest 12-year Highland malts; competes well with 15 or 18 year Highland malts. The difference between a 12-year Yamazaki and a Yamazaki with no age statement is profound. It's definitely worth the extra coin for the 12-year.
 
guest
guest,
My fav of all time
 
Caleb
Caleb,
This is, in my extremely humble opinion, the best whiskey I've ever had. It's smooth as thousand-thread count cotton sheets and as sweet as your high school sweetheart, only with way more kick. I'd trade my left pinkie for a lifetime supply.
 
Gary
Gary,
Amazing
 
guest
guest,
This is a heavenly drink! Tasting experience just awesome!
 
Albert
Albert,
A great addition to any bar for daily evening drinking. Great neat or mizuwari
 
Micah
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
Deja,
Pretty tasty. Definitely sweet.
 
Michael
Michael,
Incredible
 
guest
guest,
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.
 
guest
guest,
Smokey
 
guest
guest,
A great 12 YO whisky.
 
Mark
Mark,
Excellent. Smells of bananas and tastes of citrus
 
guest
guest,
Great drink, but tastes salty.
 
guest
guest,
A great drink
 
guest
guest,
My favorite by far
 
Paul
Paul,
Gorgeous
 
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