Suntory Yamazaki 12 Year Old

70cl / 43%
  • Japanese Single Malt Whisky
Suntory Yamazaki 12 Year Old
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'Yamazaki 12 year Old is a pioneering malt in Japan, for which Suntory deserve great credit. In its early days, it was rounded and it is more intense, confident and elegant. 8/10' Michael Jackson, Whisky Magazine, Oct 2002
12 Year Old
Single Malt

Suntory Yamazaki 12 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes for CLASS Magazine

    Appearance - Clear dark golden with burnished gold highlights.

    Aroma - Cinnamon, red apple, muscovado sugar and jasmine blossom.

    Taste - Medium bodied and honeyed in style, this easy vanilla malt bursts with apple fruit and jasmine freshness but is made complex thanks to notes of candied orange peel, cinnamon and clove spice and balancing dusty cigarette ash and cedarwood dryness.

    Aftertaste - Woody oxidised pineapple notes linger on the pleasant finish.

    Rating - 4.5/5

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Yamazaki is the first Japanese distillery established 1923. The distillery is situated in the vale of Yamazaki, an area of dense bamboo grooves at the foot of Mt. Tennozan outside Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital and stronghold of traditional Japanese culture.

    The spiced wood arrives first then dried cranberries with a lasting muddle of orange marmalade and honey sweetness.

37 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    13 March 2015

    Picked up onee of these in Narita on my way out and was surprised at how good it was. I would rate this as a very solid competition to a good Speyside brand like a Balvenie, Edradour or Glenmorangie.

  • 5
    16 November 2014

    Like a Highland but fruitier and smoother than a 12 yr Highland. Outstanding! I think I''ve found my new 12 yr favorite!

  • 5
    6 November 2014

    The best bar none, stop looking at the price tag and start tasting.

  • 4
    22 June 2014

    Great whisky. An excellent introduction to the quality on offer from Japan.

  • 2 April 2014

    it is a wonderful after dinner drink. well matured for it's age.

  • 3 December 2013

    I like the fruity taste..amazing drink..was suprised to know that this was Japanese awesomeness

  • 6 November 2012

    A lovely smooth whisky,I had to be persuaded by a guy in a French shop of all places but must confess he was correct,its a nice drink and very good for the price.Fruity first sniff, then sweet and full, drying at the end with a honey taste.

  • 25 October 2012

    Lovely whisky!

  • 31 January 2012

    Tons of character, the oak really comes through on the nose. Full bodied and very well crafted. I'm not getting too much on the fruity side..maybe dried fruit perhaps. Clove,vanilla and burnt caramel in the background as well. Maybe a slightly sour note but fades quickly. The Yamazaki has won a few awards and I can see why!I'll have to hunt down the 10 year old next as I've heard good things about it. Loving Japanese whiskeys these days!

  • 12 September 2011

    It's as if the 10 year old Yamizaki has dived into a citrus lake. Refreshing, crisp and posessing great clarity. Expensive enough but still a bargain.

  • 23 August 2011

    Tried the 12 year recently and was amazed at how smooth it was. Really good nose and very drinkable, my current favourite.

  • 12 April 2011

    This is really smooth stuff. A must have.

  • 26 March 2011

    Simply stunning.One of the finest on the nose. Citric fruits and pineapple in abundance.I found it light/medium bodied. Smooth with hints of banana and honey then sweet spice. Finishes dry. Very moreish. Cant put it down!

  • 5 February 2011

    Just fabulous and really a revelation!!!!! I mean the texture and smell are simply amazing, I'm very impressed by this little gem. I love Islay and Speyside whiskeys and now Japanese Suntory whiskeys!!

  • 21 December 2010

    Absolutely superb stuff - Macallan 18 and this are now my firm favourites

  • 8 November 2010

    Drinking it now. Incredibly good drink. It is incredible on the rocks. The 10 is quite good also, but the 12 is smoother. Wow! Just took another taste. I love it.

  • 26 May 2010

    this is a fantastic whisky. It really is.

  • 5 April 2010

    At Frankfurt Intntl Airport, I got to try the 10y, 12y as well as the 18y Yamazaki whiskies. Being a very nice promotional initiative, unfortunately the malt was not at all that impressive. The 12y was my choice, where the 18y only slightly overcame in taste but quite heavily in price. The 10y I would not consider buying at all, totally w/o character. Even the 12y and 18y lacked the complexity I look for when buying single malt whisky

  • 4 January 2010

    well the nose gives indeed this banana/ cederwood smell, really sweet. I dreamed away...It has a medium body,it first tastes like sweet spices and goes to a dry feeling in the mouth with a lovely taste of figs. Really a welcome addition on my Islay malt dieet.

  • 3 January 2010

    Don't be a fool. I don't care where a whisky is made; if it is good, it is good. And this stuff is GREAT. Definitely in my top ten. Some might find it too thick and sweet. I knew I would love it as soon as I took a sniff.

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