Suntory "Yamazaki" 12 Year Old Japanese Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1027030 93 points Whisky Advocate

Outer quote mark The first thing you notice is the elegant fragrance of lychee, spring blossoms, lily, rosewater, and raspberry meringue. Deeper in, grassy notes with star fruit, kumquat, and kaffir lime leaves. 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. (JM, Spring 2018) Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

The Suntory whiskies are handcrafted at Japan's oldest distillery, built in 1923 by the founder of Suntory, Shinjiro Toriiin. This 12-year was awarded a Gold Medal by the Beverage Tasting Institute in 2006. Medium-bodied, with scents of dried fruits and honey. Elegant, subtle and mellow on the finish, with woody spice.

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By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/6/2024 | Send Email
Yamazaki has undeniably set the standard for Japanese whisky for the past century. While there is no shortage of contenders popping up today, it seems that Suntory, and Yamazaki in particular, are poised to be the standard bearer for the category for the foreseeable future. This latest batch of the 12-year-old single malt pours a solid gold. The nose is a complex array of ripe stone fruits, warm cereals, freshly churned cream, vanilla, tropical fruits, and spices. The Mizunara oak is seamlessly integrated. Candied ginger, lemon grass, and sun-dried raisins are carved in relief against a background of sweet baking spices. On the palate, the fine balance makes it somewhat difficult to pull obvious notes at first. With a little more time in glass and after several sips, the beautiful weight and texture unfold into toasted coconuts, grilled peaches drizzled in honey, lemon curd, and nutty granola. The finish reprises the complex wood profile provided from a mix of cask types, the lovely spices of which linger on the palate for a long time.

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