My first surprise came when I went to pull the cork, and found that it was a twist cap . I took a sniff from the bottle and was immediately pleased; it had a fresh, flowery (and floury) aroma that reminded me right away of Glenkinchie.
In the glass these similarities persisted: a sweet, malty aroma with the fragrance of summer meadows; flavours of cookie dough and sherried malt. Just enough bitterness in the finish to provide balance.
I compared The Yamazaki 12 to Glenkinchie Distillers Edition. These two malts both have flavours and aromas that I haven't found anywhere else, particularly that doughy biscuit quality. The Yamazaki is bigger and sweeterm whereas Glenkinchie tends toward dryness.
The Yamazaki 12 is definitely among my favourites so far. If I had a rating scale it would probably score an 8.5 at least.
kyorke1 wrote:Interesting, thanks for that, did you not find any banana notes? It also reminds me of a lowland whisky.
Banana? Even without having a glass in front of me I can kind of see what you mean, that indefinable banana quality. I'll have to look for that next time.
Also kind of reminded me of Glenfiddich Solera Reserve; that rich, sweet, multi-layered flavour derived from multiple cask types. The Yamazaki 12 used 5 types of barrels of three kinds of wood, I believe.
I think i may have a try later on and hopefully will get a different result.
Megawatt wrote:I hear the 18 year old is that much better. I hope it comes around these parts sometime.
The 18 is indeed a fine dram, much more along the lines of a sherried speysider or HP 18.
Another great Japanese whisky is the Hibiki 21 year old blend.
During a recent Japanese whisky tasting I participated in, the Yamazaki 18 and Hibiki were at the top of the heap.
Yello to Mello wrote:Bruichladdict wrote:Another good bet is the Nikka Yoichi 10 yo. (Thanks to Y2M for sharing!) You would be shocked that it is Japanese. It is lightly-med. peated...just enough to add cheweyness. Can we still get it in Canada? One of the best malt whiskies I've had.
oh yes, i think we swapped yamazaki 12 and nikka 10. nikka 10 is not around in Ontario anymore at least...i got one unopened still....the $25 off was sweet.
what i would want in ontario is yamazaki 18 again...but not for more than the $110 they had it before...i lost out on that. I am skeptical in getting the Karuizawa 8 but i might settle for it sometime.
I was checking out that Karuizawa 8 as well, but it sold out in my area. Do let me know if you get around to trying it.
Can't find Yamazaki 12 in the LC website at all. I picked up a bottle in Winnipeg at the price point of $100.50. I sure as heck hope I wasn't "taken". It was down $25.00 from the initial price but was nowhere near 50 bucks!
I live in the wrong part of the globe, by 6 timezones!
$100 for the 12yr old sounds ridiculous. It's good but not $100 good. Anyway, we look forward to your tasting note here, or atleast what you think of it.
commas, as they also release another Hokuto without them), outside of Japan. I've had their Yamazaki 12 and Hakushu 12 but IMO their "Hokuto" 12 is better than both of them and half the price.
Oh and the "Hokuto" written in inverted commas only appears on the box not the bottle, though that one also has a black top on the bottle as opposed to a white one on the ordinary Hokuto.
Did I mention Suntory also has a Pure Malt 12 that doesn's mention Hokuto at all.
And at which point in all this did you fall asleep? zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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