Yamazaki 12
Added on Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 08:05 PM
  Bottler: Suntory
  Age: 12 yrs Type: Japanese
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 43.00 % Region:
  Price: $40 Availability: Wide
Member Ratings and Notes
I had this once a long time ago and was impressed.  Just had it again and remembered why.  The nose is like a bourbon aged Speyside -- lots of oaky saw dust and cereal grain, with some light orange and lemon gumdrop aromas, almost a Springbank coconut. Very pleasant and appetite arousing.  Water brings out some grassy and smoky qualities. The finish is long with citrus. I savored this with sushi.  All of this is very subtle.  The dominant notes are the pleasant woody aroma turning to citrus. I ignored Yamazaki 12 for a while because it is the most ubiquitous Japanese malt, but I guess there is a good reason.  It's easy to enjoy.
Nice honey and sweets and a similar to a Balvenie Doublewood or a Cragganmore 12.  Very nice and easy drinking but not a great deal to get excited about.  Good solid bottle for the cabinet.

Vanilla (vaneera?) and hot pepperyness.  Vibrant although simple.  A good deal 

Nice sweetness and very drinkable.  Great for the price! you can find them for $25 if you look

N: Light vanilla influence with a pleasing, gentle maltiness. Hints of some pineapple at the edges as well as a gentle citrus. Considerable but even-tempered wood influence for a 12 year old.


P: Slightly oily mouthfeel with immediate heat - a good dose of white pepper. Maltiness in abundance, the vanilla influence perceptible and some gentle but slightly spicy wood. 
F: Sweetness and some maltiness; a little bit of dusty wood character. More light vanilla influence and some light hints of sichuan pepper. A vague, slightly vegetal note - a touch of celery root. 
A nice, even-tempered, gentle malt. Worth having around any time.  

n: nice malt and honeycomb wax, graham crackers, and floral. Very much like a fresh box of Cheerios with a peeled tangerine.


t: delicately balanced and nice with aspects from the nose but also some green banana. I get a faint hint of smoke in the middle with coy oak. Everything is very subtle but I really enjoy this. Made to pair with food (especialy sushi).


Unfortunately the price is now near the $100 mark (cho takai). 

For a first-of-the-night soft sipper this is really nice. [B/B-]

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