Suntory Yamazaki 18 Year Old

70cl / 43%
  • Japanese Single Malt Whisky
Suntory Yamazaki 18 Year Old
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Customer Rating
A wonderful example of what Japanese whisky is capable of. We absolutely love this. Extremely smooth, with great complexity and a lovely balance of fruit, silky malt and a touch of smoke.
Age
18 Year Old
Country
Japan
Type
Single Malt
Colouring
Yes

Suntory Yamazaki 18 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Yamazaki 18yo is the multi award winning whisky. It is proudly awarded SWSC Double Gold Medal in 2005, IWSC Trophy in 2006 and ISC Gold in 2007.

    The richness of sherry and raisins fill the nose then its dark rich maraschino cherries and finally coffee cream chocolate appear. Full body malt.

  • Tasting Notes from Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)

    This one was matured in sherry casks. The nose is very woody, in a nice way, with some varnish, turpentine. A beautiful balance. Some very soft tannins… Extremely oaky but masterfully crafted. The mouth is superbly balanced, with lots of orange juice and spices. Creamy yet nervous, with all sorts of fruit syrups and jams. Besides, the finish is very long. I loved this one: 90 points.

32 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    29 April

    Quite possibly the finest example of what whiskey can be smooth full of flavour and rounded and soft on the palate. As I am normally a dedicated Rum drinker this was a delight to sample the other day and has left a lasting impression.

  • 5
    26 March

    Absolutely super smooth single malt whiskey from Japan had a chance to try it only once like pure nectar with soft tunes of music going down your throat hope to get some more in the future

  • 5
    26 June 2014

    On the nose this has lots of burnt lemon like its been charred on a BBQ with some sweet sherry raisin and a touch of pepper. On the palette is more burnt citrus fruit, but more like orange this time with some complex molasses and spice flavours on the finish. Some aniseed, cinnamon and nutmeg lingers on the finish. An absolute belter of a whisky. Worth the punt if you can split the cost and share a bottle between some good friends.

  • 5
    23 June 2014

    Smooth tasting whiskey!! My husband LOVED it ~ it was an anniversary gift

  • Jim C 9 May 2014

    "Gun to my head", this is my favourite single malt. Warm and resonant with fantastic complexity. Vanilla, Orange, Sultana combined with a measured smokiness, I can't recommend it highly enough. The only problem with it is the 25 yr old which I had to try when I visited the distillery (near Kyoto) This is a shining example of what is wonderful about Japanese whisky. When I started drinking it, it was about £70 a bottle. At double that now it's a big ask, but totally worth it.

  • steven 8 May 2014

    Recently came back trip from Japan. Tried the Yamazaki 12YO, 18YO and 25 YO at the Suntory Factory just outside of Osaka. Very distinct flavour and differences. 12YO is nice, but for the best value, smoothness and taste, 18YO on the rocks is my pick. Compared 18Y Yamazaki to 18YO Macallan, Yamazaki 18Y because of the smoothness and pleasant taste.

  • JH 21 August 2013

    I am writing in August 2013. The price from TWE is currently the same as the price I have paid for the Yamazaki 18 at both Tokyo and Fukuoka airports' duty shops in the last 3 months. Might be worth buying here while stocks last.

  • Anonymous 7 June 2013

    I've had many single malts and this one is my favorite. Tilt the glass and appreciate the viscous character. Smell it and pick up it's beautiful bouquet of coffee, toffe, caramel,cinnamon, clove, and oak. Taste it and ahhhh. And exquisite work of art!

  • Jim C 10 November 2012

    Depends on the day of the week but this is easily one of my all time favourites. My last drink on earth would most likely be Yamazaki 18. Unfortunately due to the price hike it's special occasions only but it's too good to pass up. Sweet, slightly fuity and slightly smokey. Every mouthful and you're detecting new elements. It's just brilliant. Miss it at your peril.

  • Henry, Singapore 25 October 2012

    Wonderful sherry malt by Yamazaki; very difficult to come across nowadays. Best 18 yrs single malt in the world! Highly recommended. Buy it if you still can find it now!

  • Paolo, Alghero, Italy 15 October 2012

    Fantastico whisky!!!

  • Francoise, Paris 9 October 2012

    Creme de la Creme!

  • Maltfan, Taiwan 5 October 2012

    Best Japanese whisky ever! Beautiful sherry malt :-)

  • TWE Admin 10 April 2012

    Unfortunately, due to a very limited supply in the UK, it costs more to source this product. With a higher cost price, comes a higher retail price.

  • Anonymous 9 April 2012

    Regarding the price, it is possibly due to strong yen. Yen/Pound has doubled compared to 5 years ago.

  • Mat 13 May 2011

    I'm also quite stunned by the recent price hike, unclear to me what the reason is. Also, it seems it's not available at all in France at the moment... A shame given how admirable a whisky this is!

  • Ant 12 May 2011

    This was priced at around ?68 (I picked up a bottle in Duty free for around ?48) but now up to ?105. Its a lovely whisky, one of my favorites, and may well still be worth it at the revised price. Especially if you like a sherried, complex whisky with a lot of dried fruit tones (raisins?) going on.That's one hell of a price hike though - any reason why?

  • saha 25 March 2011

    brilliant for a 18yr old whisky...absolute majic!!,

  • Anonymous 7 March 2011

    A little bit special....the only problem is that if you have this bottle in the house, along side some other 'excellent' whiskys- i've got a feeling you'll give in and always opt for a nip of this. Exceptional.

  • Dacoz 31 January 2011

    Forgive me, for I posted before. Just wanted to add that rinking this side-by-side with other whiskeys has only led me to love this whiskey even more than before. It is...drinking....creme brulee. Don't like creme brulee? Well you should! Working hard? You deserve a bottle of this. I will buy another bottle of this before this one runs out. It is just that good.

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