Yamazaki 12-year-old

Bought – Tesco, 28th July 2014

90/100 – Whisky Bible 2013 (2014 edition has less to say)
83.83/100 – Whiskybase (average from 478 member votes)

I had a drink of this whisky in a bar in Aberdeen at the start of July 2014 and decided I had to get a bottle. Like the 10-year-old I bought in May, the 12-year-old seems destined to be discontinued, so I was pleased to find it in my local Tesco. Probably not for long, so get it whilst you can (it’s also available on Amazon UK with free postage). The review of this malt has almost disappeared in the Whisky Bible 2014, so I had to go back to the 2013 edition to find a more detailed review. Jim Murray, the author, summaries with “a complex and satisfying malt”.

The Yamazaki 12-year-old also features in the book ‘101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die’ by Ian Buxton, where he remarks how staggering the growth in whisky sales in Europe from Japan has been within the last decade. Long may it continue if the quality of this 12-year-old is anything to go by!

Here’s ‘The Whiskey Dic’ with his review on You Tube (May 2016):

Yamazaki 12yo 70cl

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