Yamazaki 12yr Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Yamazaki 12yr

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  • Distiller:

    Yamazaki

  • Bottler:

    Yamazaki

  • ABV:

    43%

  • Age:

    12 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: But from the first sip, it's all about the smoke, with just a little bit of fruit peeking through to the spicy, slightly hot finish.
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  • Raided Score: 79
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: Slightly ‘flabby’, maybe too fruitish but still above the line.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: The flavors offer perfection in their simplicity: silky honey, soft spices, crystalized pineapple, barley sugar, lemon, and orange. On the finish, the spices chatter on and on as the sweet citrus and honey fade in and out. One to cherish.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Did someone say "breakfast"? Buttered toast and cereal with a dollop of honey and vanilla are found here. Hell, there might be some orange notes playing along in the background also with the faintest hint of dried cranberries.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: If you’re a fan of either Scotch or Irish whisky, give Suntory a try. Try it blind against your favorites of those ilks and look for the differences. You’ll find them quite intriguing, I’m sure.
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  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: Yamazaki 12 years is a decent whisky. It’s price is obscenely high these days, but worth a taste if you can find some at a not-obscene price.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Nice and sweet but not super complex.
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  • Intro:

    This is a 12 year old expression released from the Yamazaki distillery in Japan. Coming to market first in 1984, it was one of the original forerunners of Japanese whiskey.

  • Nose:

    Buttered pecans, floral, ethanol. Theres loads of apples and pears here.

  • Taste:

    Thin to medium mouth feel, some heat. Lots of vanilla, some walnuts. Apples and pears, faint melon, lots of buttery pecan again.

  • Finish:

    Short, some heat. Vanilla, creamy tobacco, apples, pears and some oak.

  • Overall:

    Nice and sweet but not super complex.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
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