Suntory Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve

70cl / 43%
Suntory Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve
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Customer Rating
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.
Country
Japan
Type
Single Malt
Colouring
Yes

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.

21 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    12 August

    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

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

  • 5
    4 March

    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

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  • 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.

  • 4
    9 July 2014

    This whisky is as good as a lot of the famous Scottish brands and hard to believe there is a rival for Scotch Whisky

  • 5
    9 July 2014

    This is a really well ballanced whisky. A smooth taste with a slightly floral aftertaste. This whisky is amazing for the price, I actually prefer it to the 10 year old.

  • 4
    9 July 2014

    Great whisky; especially for the price. Slightly sweeter than the 12 year and unusually fruity for a Japanese whisky. Definitely worth a try.

  • 4
    9 July 2014

    This is a lovely little expression from Yamazaki. There are very floral, butterscotch and licorice elements to this quite light and spicy dram. It has a very crisp finish too that delights the senses. I particularly enjoyed this as part of a Highball cocktail to drink it how the Japanese enjoy it. 1 part whisky, 2 parts soda water over ice in a tall glass. Mmm, it was a delicious and very refreshing sip in the sun. This is now a definite firm favourite session whisky of mine, and probably the best Japanese whisky you can get in this price range.

  • 4
    9 July 2014

    Strawberries, spice and red fruits galore. This is an extremely competent malt. In truth, it leans towards the youthful side of balanced but it's none the worse for it. The wine cask influence keeps things playful and there's enough spice to beef up the whole experience. Can't argue with the price, either.

  • 5
    9 July 2014

    Bought as a present for my husband as this is his favourite whiskey. Expensive but absolutely worth it. Silky smooth and is far more superior in taste than more commonly know whiskey brands.

  • 4
    9 July 2014

    Very nice whisky. Personaly I prefer the 10y Original Yamazaki.

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