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Yamazaki 12 Year Old
Suntory is the oldest whisky making company in Japan. Its origins stretch back to a small shop, started in 1899 by Torii Shinjiro, which specialized in selling imported wines. Today, it is the country’s largest and most recognizable producer of quality whisky. Yamazaki 12 Year Old was introduced to the market in 1984 and was the first seriously marketed Japanese single malt whisky. By now, it is an internationally coveted whisky, winning award after award, and having been named by Jim Murray as being the best whisky in the world. You know you have quality when you have Yamazaki.
What awards has Yamazaki 12 Year Old won?
- Double Gold Medal Award (San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2013)
- Gold Award (International Spirits Challenge, 2010)
Yamazaki is Japan’s oldest whisky distillery opened in 1923, it was founded by Shinjiro Torii near Oaska. The location was chosen because of the excellent water supply in the area. This seems to have payed off, today Single Malts from the Yamazaki distillery has the largest share of any single malts whiskies in Japan. The 18 year old Yamazaki Single Malts is thought by many to be the best whisky in the world and has for example won six consecutive double gold medals at the San Francisco Spirits Competitions from 2008 to 2013.
Nose: Good body, with plenty of nut oils and zest. A pleasant, floral character, with a little tropical fruit and a rooty note. Palate: Smooth and soft, with good sweetness and winter spice. A lovely citrus note develops, with more tropical fruit notes and a little rum. Finish: Medium, with fruit and zest.
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