Suntory Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve

70cl / 43%
Suntory Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve
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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.

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.

30 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    14 days ago

    It was a gift for my dad and he loved it..... I mean looooved it.

  • 5
    30 June

    Fantastically smooth!

  • 4
    23 June

    An excellent whisky. Would be happy to recommend it.

  • 4
    11 May

    Rich bold fruity flavour. Excellent

  • 4
    8 May

    A good whisky especially if you are interested in trying a fruity japanese malt, but at this price your money is better spent on a bottle of quinta ruban. Nikka from the barrel is also a better option all round. This one is a bit hyped up, much like the yamazaki 12yo

  • 5
    4 February

    My favourite whisky of them all, a gorgeous delicate flavour that really does taste like strawberries, and a hint of the vanilla found in Glenmorangie. Nnow it seems incredibly difficult to get. If you see it, make sure you buy it because we may not see its like again - other Yamazaki bottlings are much more expensive and I can't speak for them. I hope more bottlings are on the way....

  • 5
    22 September 2016

    value for $, easy and has long finishing.

  • 5
    6 September 2016

    Value for $, drop a tiny ice cube and wow...

  • 5
    3 September 2016

    I don't really do the tasting and notes of.....but.......what a whisky. I'd have it for breakfast! So nice. Danger won't last long!!!!!

  • 4
    12 August 2016

    Sipping now, my bottles been open about a month now. Quite a lot of red fruit on the nose, maybe it's just me, but I get strawberry quite strongly. Very fresh. Palate wise it's fresh again, some red fruit, sherry hint and an oaky spice. Bit of a bite, but it is young so understandable. fades to a malty finish that's short but pleasant

  • 5
    19 June 2016

    Bought by my daughter for fathers day.Fantastic tasting fruity and refreshing on the palate would definitely buy again.

  • 5
    4 March 2016

    Absolutely BANG ON!!!!

  • 5
    21 October 2015

    One le hthe finest whisky I ever drink

  • 5
    9 October 2015

    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 2015

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

  • 5
    7 May 2015


  • 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.

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