Suntory Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve

70cl / 43%
A fresh and fruity whisky from Yamazaki, full of red fruit and a touch of sherry cask. It's also got some mizunara (Japanese oak) matured whisky in the mix, which comes through as a complex spicy and almost incense-like note. A well put together and deep dram.
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Suntory Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Andy M

    Nose: The wine cask seems to dominate the nose here with strawberries and red fruit taking centre stage.  However, sitting quietly in the background is the incense from the mizunara, a hint of dried fruit from the sherry cask and a touch of coconut.

    Palate: An abundance of red fruit again, with raspberries, strawberries and even redcurrants coming through, although there’s more dimensions to this than the first wine cask sample that we tried. White peach, a hint of wood and spice, back-up notes of red cherries and candied fruits all come into play here as well.

    Finish: Relatively long finish with vanilla and sweet spice dancing around the tongue.

    Comments: This seriously develops and expands on the three previous samples.  It’s really interesting to see how characters from each sample resonate onto this whisky but with so much more character coming into the final product.

18 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    21 October

    One le hthe finest whisky I ever drink

  • 5
    9 October

    My 2nd. First was the Hakushu. Top. Almost crying when I finished the Yamazaki. This is a great whiskey. On the hunt for more.

  • 5
    11 August

    Phenomenal taste, great value. You simply cannot go wrong with this one.

  • 5
    7 May


  • 5
    30 November 2014

    A gift from my brother. Has inspired to me build up a bit of a collection of whiskeys! Tastes exactly as described in the tasting notes to me. There is something in the nose that reminds me of PVA glue at school, not in an unpleasant way though! The dried berrys and wood come through to me on the taste, and a lovely finish. Very rounded to me in my inexperienced tastes! Will be buying again.

  • 5
    26 November 2014

    Fantastic whisky! Very surprised (in a good way) at how nice this is.

  • 4
    7 October 2014

    A nice Whisky. Tasty and balanced. Not quite as smooth as some claim, but still nice.

  • 4
    10 July 2014

    A welcome addition to the range of Japanese whisky, very good for the price, will buy again.

  • 5
    10 July 2014

    Smooth as silk and very drinkable. Very good for the price

  • 4
    10 July 2014

    Nicely fruity on the nose, the sherry cask doing its stuff. Sweet and fragrant on the palate, rosehip and incense notes. Short and a little insubstantial finish. Not the most complex dram you'll ever taste but, hey, this is a very decent Japanese whisky, especially at forty quid a throw.

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