sweet sherry
oak
dark chocolate
raisin
vanilla
honey
maple syrup
cinnamon
smoky
Spiral Yamazaki 18 Year Old

Yamazaki

18 Year Old

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.
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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 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!

  • Country
    Japan
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
    Yamazaki
  • Bottler
    Yamazaki
  • Age
    18 Year Old

Yamazaki

18 Year Old

(0.7l, 43%)


9.1/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Yamazaki 18 Year Old
anonymous
Complex multi layer whiskey.
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.
Al
Now that's a dram worth sitting down and sharing with your closest mates
Ben
Simply the best!
Micah
It's been a couple years so I can't rate this accurately. Great whiskey.
Uri
So smoof
anonymous
Phenomenal, coming from a scotch snob!
anonymous
Simply a 10 no question about it.
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