Yamazaki 12 Years was the flagship whisky from the Yamazaki distillery in Japan. At Suntory they use a unique aging process that involves Spanish, American (ex-Bourbon) and Japanese (Mizunara) oak. This gives the whisky a unique character all its own and when it was available at a not-absurd price I enjoyed picking up a bottle and sipping on it now and then. At its current crazy-pants prices I can’t even fathom grabbing one.
Yamazaki 12 Years Info
Region: Osaka, Japan
Mashbill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: American, Spanish and Japanese Oak
Age: 12 years
Price: $120+ | Specialty and auctions mostly
Yamazaki 12 Years Review
Rich fruit, buttery graham, malty sweetness, hay and a bit of honeydew build an aroma that is quite pleasing to the senses.
Fruit, buttery graham, malt, citrus peels, hay, spice and a candy sweetness towards the end that reminds me of those orange Circus Peanuts. Not a bad flavor all-in-all, a simple sipper for sure.
Medium malty fade accompanied by notes of nuts, fruit and a bit of char.
BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Decent balance, light body and a soft velvety feel
Yamazaki 12 years is a good whisky that I’m not excited about, which causes a bit of internal conflict for me. On a pure merit scale the interesting aroma and palate I think deserve an B+ range rating, but on an excitement scale I feel like it’s more of a B range for me and sticking it in the B range feels like a copout. I wish there was a better solution, but in the end I decided to satisfy the less emotion driven part of myself and go with that fact that it is a good daily drinker that I wouldn’t be upset about having in my glass.
SCORE: 87/100 (B+)
Yamazaki 12 Review
- Nose - 87
- Palate - 87
- Finish - 87
- Balance, Body & Feel - 87
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.