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Yamazaki 18 Year Old
Yamazaki 18 Year Old is an award winning Japanese single malt. Yamazaki’s legendary 18 year old earned a Gold at the 2007 International Spirits Challenge and a Double Gold at the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Being one of Suntory’s most popular products, you know you have quality when you have Yamazaki.
Yamazaki 18 Year Old is an award winning Japanese single malt. This legendary Yamazaki release has been a frequent winner at global awards competitions, including Gold at the 2007 International Spirits Challenge and a Double Gold at the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The increased recognition and global awareness for this famous release has resulted in diminished supplies while the distillery attempts to ramp up to meet demand.
The Yamazaki 18 year old lies in the middle of Yamazaki’s line of products, between the Yamazaki 12 Year Old and the Yamazaki 25 Year Old bottles. It’s a staple product among whisky elites and one of the highest quality bottles coming out of Japan. The release is a delicate yet profound experience of what Japanese distillers can achieve.
Around the internet you will find the Yamazaki 18 Year old scoring top marks among connoisseurs, including 93/100 from Whisky Advocate and 91/100 from Wine Enthusiast.
This whisky has a rich flavour tasting of mature autumn fruit. Deep amber color. Nose contains notes of raisin, apricot, cafe au lait and Mizunara (Japanese Oak). The palate is blackberry, strawberry jam, and dark chocolate. Finish is long, spicy and smooth.
About Yamazaki Distillery
Yamazaki is the distillery that ignited a worldwide appreciation and cult-like following for Japanese Whisky. Each of the whiskies produced is spiritual and deep, produced by blenders that are meticulous in each aspect of production. Today, Yamazaki is not only the #1 single malt whisky in Japan but is also sold in more than 35 countries around the globe.
Recent Yamazaki 18 Year Old Awards:
- Best Japanese Single Malt Whisky 13 to 20 Years (World Whiskies Awards, 2016)
- Double Gold Medal Award (San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2015)
- Gold Award (International Spirits Challenge, 2013-2014)
- Best Japanese Single Malt (World Whiskies Awards, 2015)
Want to learn more about the distillery? View our Yamazaki Distillery information page.
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: Big hit of banana to start. Pineapple, peaches, butterscotch, walnuts, sawdust, honeyed porridge, guava, papaya, caramel, oak. Water adds an incense/sweet tobacco note. Palate: Hot spices of pepper, cayenne, ginger. Some nuttiness, banana, papaya, salt, sawdust, sweetened pink grapefruit, rum, such as Ron Zacapa XO Centenario. Water adds dragon fruit and a nicer balance between heat and sweet. Finish: Papaya, rum, banana, a mineral element, butter menthols, then drying oak, and right at the death, pineapple.
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