Yamazaki 12

Yamazaki 12, 43% ABV, acquired in trade.

  • Nose: Honey, musty oak, sherry, honey dew, pears, nutmeg, vanilla, and a very slight heathered peat.
  • Taste: Fresh citrus, chocolate fudge, vanilla, figs, and this really nice vicious malty note.
  • Finish: Medium, very slight peat, fruit, chocolate, and malt notes linger.
  • Thoughts: I really like this! I assume its ex-bourbon and sherry cask matured. The balance is right there, it might lean a little heavy on the malt notes, however the malt notes are very nice. You get just a faint heathered peat. Much like what Highland Park delivers. In fact, this reminds me a lot of Highland Park 18. It drinks above its age for sure. I hate how expensive this is cause I could drink it everyday. Ive seen it for around $120 USD. Its worth buying once, but I wish it was priced as an everyday sipper.
  • Score: 89 + NA value point(s) = 89/100
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Scores:

After my initial score I add or subtract points relative on how I perceive value (based on what I paid for the bottle). A zero value means I think the price is justified.

0-69.5 – Don’t bother trying, life is too short for bad spirit.
70-79.5 – Worth trying, but you’re not missing out if you don’t.
80-84.5 – I recommend trying.
85-87.5 – Definitely try this!
88-92.5 – I recommend buying a bottle blind!
93-95.5 – Stuff you reserve for special pours!
96+ – The meaning of life.
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My previous scores (excluding value points):
Amrut Spectrum 004                                 87.5
Ardbeg 10                                                     88.0
Ardbeg An Oa                                              89.0
Ardbeg Corryvrickan                                 91.5
Ardbeg Kelpie                                              91.5
Ardbeg Uigeadail                                        90.0
Balvenie 15 Single Barrel – Sherry          89.0
Blanton’s Gold                                             86.5
Booker’s (2015-01)                                      89.5
Bowmore 12                                                 83.5
Bowmore Devil’s Casks 3                           87.0
Bruichladdich Octomore 6.1                     92.0
Bruichladdich Octomore 6.3                     93.0
Bruichladdich Octomore 7.1                     90.5
Bruichladdich Octomore 7.3                     90.5
Bruichladdich Octomore 8.1                     88.0
Bruichladdich Octomore 8.3                     91.5
Canadian Club 40                                        86.5
Caol Ila 12                                                     82.5
Compass Box – Enlightenment                 88.0
Compass Box – Peat Monster                    84.5
Eagle Rare 10                                                83.5
Elmer T. Lee                                                  87.0
Glendronach 12 Original                           84.0
Glendronach 15 Revival                             90.0
Glendroanch 18 Allardice                          90.0
Glendronach 21 Parliament                      91.0
Glenfarclas 17                                              88.0
Glenfarclas 25                                              92.0
Highland Park 15                                         87.0
Highland Park 25                                         92.0
Jack Daniel’s SB-BP (16-0574)                   89.0
Kavalan Solist – Ex-Bourbon (57.8)         87.5
Kavalan Solist – Ex-Bourbon (KavaFan) 93.0
Kavalan Solist – Port Cask (KavaFan)      92.0
Kavalan Solist – Sherry Cask (58.7%)       90.5
Kavalan Solist – Vinho Barrique (57%)   89.5
Lagavulin 16                                                 90.0
Laphroaig 10                                                86.0
Laphroaig Cairdeas Madeira 2016          87.5
Lot No. 40                                                      86.0
Lot No. 40 Cask Strength 12yr                   89.0
Macallan 12 Double Cask                           80.0
Macallan 12 Fine Oak                                 84.0
Macallan 17 Fine Oak                                 88.0
Macallan 18 Fine Oak                                 86.0
Macallan 10 Sherry                                     85.5
Macallan 12 Sherry                                     86.5
Macallan 18 Sherry (1997)                         92.5
Macallan Cask Strength 58.2%                  94.0
Macallan Classsic Cut 2017                        85.5
Macallan Edition 2                                      90.0
Macallan Edition 3                                      89.0
 Orphan Barrel – Barterhouse                   88.0
Pappy Van Winkle 23yr                             93.5
Sazerac Rye                                                   86.0
Stagg Jr. (Batch 4)                                        83.0
Talisker 25                                                    89.0
W.L. Weller 12                                              85.0
William Larue Weller (2017)                    91.0
Yamazaki 12                                                 89.0

2 thoughts on “Yamazaki 12

  1. It’s a nice one, that’s for sure. Demand has pushed Japanese whisky prices higher in the last 5 years as you probably know. It hasn’t stopped me from collecting. If you ever want to swap drams, I can provide you with the Hakushu 12.

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  2. I agree with the price, the Yamazaki 12 and the Hibiki Harmony but are priced way to high for the quality you get. They are solid whiskeys that are worth buying but they are $80-100 at most. I find with the Suntory whiskeys they really don’t start to get good until you hit the 17-18 year stuff, I bought the Yamazaki 18 in Japan back in September and the difference between the 12 and the 18 is night and day. (I also picked up the Hibiki 21 year which is by far their best whiskey and probably the best blend out there).

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