The Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve was born from a meeting of a variety of Yamazaki malts, including the traditional malts stored in Mizunara casks and malts stored in wine casks.
A bottle of Yamazaki Puncheon from the 2013 Cask Collection, the final year of the series. Aged in 480 litre oak Puncheon, this is a rich and sweet Japanese whisky, but one that is elegant due to the slightly slower ageing caused by the smaller spirit to wood ratio.
'Yamazaki 12 year Old is a pioneering malt in Japan, for which Suntory deserve great credit. In its early days, it was rounded and delicate...now it is more intense, confident and elegant. 8/10' Michael Jackson, Whisky Magazine, Oct 2002
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.
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.
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.
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The Yamazaki Limited Edition 2015 will be available in Japan from 26 May. As the name suggests, it is a limited edition that may disappear quite quickly because nowadays Japanese whiskies meet a huge success over the archipelago and the world.
This new nectar created by Suntory Chief Master Blender is an blend of several single malts distilled and aged in Yamazaki, the very first malt distillery of Japan.
On the menu of this whisky bottled at 43%, some single malts aged for over 20 years in Sherry Casks, and some "Young Talents" which are relatively young but already revealing an intense character single malts aged in Bourbon Barrels.
For this new 2015 version, a collector's bottle was created with the stills of the distillery painted in the background, plus a nice case proudly displaying the golden sign of Yamazaki wrote in Japanese.
Despite a recommended price of 10,000 Yen, this new Yamazaki Limited Edition 2015 will be quickly sold out in liquor stores, and thereafter will only be available on auction sites...
Suntory Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 was a highly anticipated expression with the previous release having been giving the World Whisky of the Year title in the 2015 Jim Murrat whisky bible. And it fails to disappoint. With a nose of sun-dried tomatoes, raisins, cloves and cocoa, a palate of sweet and sour, rich chocolate and hazelnut and a long finish with sweet and sour notes, this mellow yet complex blend is to die for