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Drink Review: Suntory Yamazaki 18 Year Old

A wonderful example of what Japanese whisky is capable of. We absolutely love this. Extremely smooth, with great complexity and a lovely balance of fruit, silky malt and a touch of smoke.

Suntory Yamazaki 18 Year Old Review:

With a nose like cherry blossom and a palate that is on par with plum, malt, sugar cane and a hint of toast, this 18 year old, Japanese single malt whisky is one of the best we’ve ever had.

Despite the name, this isn’t a sweet whiskey… nor is there much smoke. It could undeniably be considered a watery, clean spirit, with virtually no particular taste to speak of, but it is superb… and unique.

Yamazaki 18 Year Old single malt whisky is absolutely incredible. While it doesn’t necessarily have a distinct flavour profile, it is nevertheless another fantastic example of the Japanese style.

This a lovely, light malt whisky with dry tash, with a pretty nose and an even more dry finish.

Very nice. This doesn’t have the complexity of its age, but is still very pleasant. A little more smoke is an added bonus, though it does not cover up the good taste.

A lack of caramel, fruit, and sweetness are a good sign. It is well-made and very complex for the price.

This is a delicious, sweet malted barley cream which finishes with a distinct, saline aftertaste. With things like walnuts, honey and a hint of blueberry, this is a refreshing whisky, with sumptuous vanilla notes.

A stunning whisky with flavours of toffee, oak and caramel that contrast with a great silky smooth mouth feel. With some rye spice away from the finish, this is one of the best for around the twelve pound price range.

This is a good ten year old whisky but it can’t quite make it to cheap. Its smoothed edges are easy to push through but with a lingering harshness it’s an expensive experience.

As you would expect from a traditional blended scotch like this, there are the expected peat, wood and fruit notes, along with the usual spice. It actually reminds me of a decent peated gin in this respect.

Yeasted bread and a bit of peat are not really characteristic but it’s good enough for me… as long as I don’t pay a lot for it. It’s also got a leathery mouthfeel that seems to come and go as you drink it.

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Suntory Yamazaki 18 Year Old Review:

This whisky will blow you away if you pay over 12 pounds for it, and we can’t really fault it. It’s very well made and has certain qualities that only an older single malt can provide.

In comparison to a decent well-made Scotch, this is superior but it’s not as good an example of Japanese whisky. Still, it’s pretty damn good for its price and age and if you’re short on cash it’s definitely something to consider.

If you’re a fan of the Japanese single malts, you can’t really go wrong with this. It’s got a good amount of finish and it’s not at all sweet. The malts are good, the oak is balanced and there’s lots of fruit, but not in a cheap way.

This is an incredible whisky for its age, with a warm and dry finish that is full of spice. There’s a bottle of Shinjyo that’s very similar at this price, but the fruit is a lot more prominent in that offering, while the vanillins are more subtle in this.

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Suntory Yamazaki 18 year old is one of the great Japanese whiskeys. Here we take a in-depth look at this smooth, woody and fruity malt whisky.

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Suntory Yamazaki 18 year old is one of the great Japanese whiskeys. Here we take a in-depth look at this smooth, woody and fruity malt whisky.

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Written by Mark Adams

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