Yamazaki 18 Year Old

Yamazaki

18 Year Old

(0.7l, 43%)


9.1/10
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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 18 Year Old  is aged in a mixture of ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry and Japanese Mizunara oak. It has won numerous accolades and awards, including 5 consecutive Double Gold awards at the San Francisco Spirits Competition. Most definitely one of the top Japanese Whiskies. Japan-o-Whisky-philes rejoice!

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

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sweet sherry
oak
dark chocolate
raisin
dried fruit
vanilla
honey
maple syrup
cinnamon
What does Yamazaki 18 Year Old taste like?

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Japanese single malts, like Scottish, are double distilled in pot stills while grain Whiskies in column stills.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Colour
Deep dark amber.
 
Smell / Nose / Aroma
Raisins, sherry, subtle oak, apricot.
 
Flavour / Taste / Palate
Honey, pistachios, dried plum, chocolate, sherry, sweet spices.
 
Finish
Warm, smooth and long.
Ratings & Reviews
Aaron
Aaron,
Long sweet finish with a sharp oak hint on the back.
Bryan
Bryan,
Very mild balance of fruit and creamy flavors. Worth every penny to fly to Japan for a bottle.
anonymous
anonymous,
Heard lot about it, want to taste it, anybody can tell where i can find it
Robert
Robert,
Incredible whisky with so much nuance and character. The best representation of Scotch not from Scotland.
anonymous
anonymous,
Smooth
anonymous
anonymous,
Complex multi layer whiskey.
KC
KC,
Amazing. No alcohol on the nose at all. Sweet smelling, apricots. Taste was mind blowing. Smoothest whiskey I've ever had, sweet, big sherry notes, dried fruits, dark chocolates. Long think finish. Pleasantly stays on the tongue.
Albert
Albert,
Now that's a dram worth sitting down and sharing with your closest mates
Ben
Ben,
Simply the best!
Micah
Micah,
It's been a couple years so I can't rate this accurately. Great whiskey.
Uri
Uri,
So smoof
anonymous
anonymous,
Phenomenal, coming from a scotch snob!
anonymous
anonymous,
Simply a 10 no question about it.
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