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Suntory Yamazaki 12 Year Old

Japanese Whisky? Hmm....

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@UisgeJonReview by @UisgeJon

4th Jan 2013

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  • Nose
    16
  • Taste
    20
  • Finish
    18
  • Balance
    17
  • Overall
    71

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Chit chatting with my new favorite whisky bartender the other night, I looked up and saw a couple Japanese labels up on the shelves. I've been hearing a lot of talk about the Japanese scene here on Connosr, so I asked him about them.

He said he was a fan. He immediately proceeded to climb the ladder and bring down both the Yamazaki and the Hukushu, which I'll get to in a bit.

He poured me a dram of the Yamazaki and, as with every other dram of the night, left me with the bottle. Awesome bartenders make things more awesome.

Nose: First whiff, the alcohol is very prominent. I take a look at the bottle and see that it's only 43%. That's a bit more burn for the ABV than I tend to care for. The rest of the nose is pretty distant. I had to hunt a little at first, but then it started to open up. Florals, honey, fruitiness... Hm. Not bad!

Palate: This is a very, very sweet dram. Reminds me of a speyside-esque type malt. Rose pedals, cherry, a lot of fruit going on that lends itself to more of a tropical feel than an orchard. A very pleasant, summary palate.

Finish: Somewhat short for my liking, but still very pleasant. Definitely getting more of the floral notes here that I picked up from the nose, and with a deep breath those florals, honey and vanilla come creeping back up my throat. Nice profile there, just wish it was longer!

Balance: Eh. Not amazing. The nose needs some work - it's very faint, and the alcohol right up front for 43% is a bit of a turn off. But hey, I would still drink the stuff if offered to me!

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20 comments

@Wills
Wills commented

Never tried this dram but mostly it gets praised. I am a bit cooled down now. Which is not a bad thing, nonetheless I am eager to try this and see how it works for my palate.

So he let you with the bottle to refill your glass? Sounds good :)

6 years ago 0

@UisgeJon
UisgeJon commented

Haha noooo not to refill my bottle. I wouldn't cheap him out of a dram like that with all the good things he was doing for me! He was pouring very healthy drams, letting me talk and explore and learn about new things. Pretty dang good night.

This was definitely an interesting dram! It was good for me, absolutely. But to me, there was nothing special about it. I'll have to read some more reviews an information and go back to try it again.

6 years ago 0

@BlissInABarrel
BlissInABarrel commented

Interesting! I'm curious as to see what the order of the pouring was that night? Ha it's interesting to hear your experiences of this bottle! I really like the Yamazaki 12 and I'm laughing at myself because my initial reaction is , 'oh no! Give it a chance, Jon!!! This stuff is good!" But I forget that we all of different preferences! :) I don't know if this information is interesting to you or not but this on is aged in ex bourbon casks, sherry casks and ex plum wine barrels. Perhaps that's why it's too sweet for yo because of that

6 years ago 0

@UisgeJon
UisgeJon commented

Haha I will definitely give it another chance Long. This one followed the Ardbeg, so my palate may have been a bit off, I don't know. I'm all for exploration! I will give it another shot.

That is great information to have. I thought I tasted sherry! I was very curious about how it was aged, so it's awesome to hear.

Hmm...I guess I have no choice but to head back to the pub to give it another go!

6 years ago 0

@BlissInABarrel
BlissInABarrel commented

Ah usually when i go to whisky tastings they go in a certain order. You start off with a mellow one and progress to something that's more robust. If you start off with a peaty one and then hit up a speyside that's 80 proof then that speyside may taste all weak. At least that's how the brand ambassadors do it . I guess its kinda like eating a cake and then you bite into a chocolate bar and the chocolate doesn't taste as sweet because your mouth is overwhelmed with sugar from the cake. Who knows...looks like u gotta try it again ...heheheh and if u don't like it again hen u know to stay away from these types of whiskies

6 years ago 0

@UisgeJon
UisgeJon commented

That's entirely fair!! I was flying by the seat of my pants and saw something I thought I would like so I went for it! I will give it another shot. Jeez, twist my arm Linh ;)

I just went to a scotch pub, met the owner, started talking whisky, and before I knew it he was pouring me free drams and teaching me. What a night!!! I'll review them in the morning.

6 years ago 0

@BlissInABarrel
BlissInABarrel commented

Oh sweet !! That's so awesome ! Soon you'll be able to try stuff like a highland park 40 year for free like me!!! I love It! You're off to a fun adventure! Oh man! Wish I could be there with you! Hey, if you and your gf ever head down to Southern California you let me know! I will take you to seven grand, which is my fav whiskey bar. That's the place that allows me to meet all sorts of cool people in the industry and I get to taste awesome stuff!!

6 years ago 0

@UisgeJon
UisgeJon commented

I love it too! It would have been great to share my explorations with you tonight for sure. It was quite an experience! I had a dram of a vintage 40+ yr old scotch tonight, but you will have to wait until tomorrow to figure out what it is ;) Btw respond to my message you brat! Haha.

6 years ago 0

@BlissInABarrel
BlissInABarrel commented

dayaaaaaaaamn! 40 plus year scotch?? woah woah woah. someone's letting whisky rain on him like urshur letting his ladies rain on him. sweet jebus. u are moving an accelerated rate. i'm getting jealous!! i will email you soon. i should sleep. gotta be up at work in a bit to work at the liquor store!! sooo esssited about your adventures! way to go!! way to be charming there!! :D

6 years ago 0

@Wills
Wills commented

Indeed a fast traveller, I guess today Jon will book his first vacation in Scotland :D

6 years ago 0

@UisgeJon
UisgeJon commented

Have you guys make me feel this odd combination of both pride and shame all at once...is my pace a bad thing? I'm loving it! And I can't help that owner is Jim Murray's best friend and that we hit it off.

Man, what a stellar night.

How much are flights to Scotland...

6 years ago 0

@Wills
Wills commented

Pls don't have bad feelings, you just need time while tasting the stuff. Have a nice flight!

6 years ago 0

@Fons
Fons commented

Usher letting his ladies rain on him? I'm hoping that I'm understandin this the wrong way...

Anyhow,I too like the Yamazaki, but of course de gustibus et coloribus non est disputandum.

I do fee you should give it another try on a fresh palate, because as @Blissinabarrel pointed out, anything that has the bad luck of following an Ardbeg, loses a lot of its charm because of the distinct peat bomb that has gone of in your mouth.

6 years ago 0

@BlissInABarrel
BlissInABarrel commented

Jon, don't feel bad about going at that pace! That's awesome! After sipping whisky for a year I went straight tonscotland solo so that was fun! Dude, I can't believe ur now friends with Jim Murray's buddy! That's awesome . Hope u make it out to Scotland soon ;)

Fons, your picture icon is awesome! CAn u explain to me what de gustibus etc is? ;) thanks

6 years ago 0

@Fons
Fons commented

@Blissinabarrel I'm sorry, I didn't mean to act haughty or anything by using latin, it's a fairly common expression here. It means "You can't argue about flavours/preferences and colours."

And the pic, well, that's just me sippin' some scotch. In tights. You know how it goes.

6 years ago 0

@BlissInABarrel
BlissInABarrel commented

Hi Fons ! I'm not at all offended. I really like learning from people so that's why I ask :) thanks for explaining to me

6 years ago 0

@NilsG
NilsG commented

No no no no! "Yamazaki 12 is good" is not opinion, it's a hard fact that's been proven scientifically by both Albert Einstein and Gandalf. It's the only thing that both the Koran and the Bible agrees on. It's an axiom. The bartender was drunk and gave you something else. No but seriously, give this whisky a second chance, sometime when you're in a different place, a different mind set, and preferably not straight after a cask strength peat bomb he he (there are many fine subtle things going on on Yamz12 that my noob palate can't even fix) I just got a message from @SquidgyAsh, who also had a less than impressive first impression of Yamazaki12, but his second return to it was much more pleasing.

@Fons, you have the best profile pic on connosr!

6 years ago 0

@BlissInABarrel
BlissInABarrel commented

Nils, i would give up half an arm to be half as funny as you. You're too good! And yes, Fons, has the best picture and name !!!!

6 years ago 0

@Fons
Fons commented

Thanks @NilsG & @BlissInABarrel! My mom does say I look great in tights, and the red cape really brings out my eyes!

6 years ago 0

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