Yamazaki 12

Yamazaki 12

Price: $80 for 750ml

Distilled / Owned By: Yamazaki / Beam Suntory

Region: Japan

43% ABV

Aged For: 12 years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: American, Spanish, and Japanese oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn



Color: Light Marigold

Nose: Very malty and a lot of cereal sugars here. Barley, honey, and a bit of peach.

Taste: Smooth butter and oats. Japanese oak, and white chocolate.

Finish: Short, no bite at all. Walnut and banana aftertaste.

Overall: I hear a lot about how fruity this is, but to me malt and cereal grain are the predominate notes. Too smooth for my preference and very simple. Reminds me of Irish Whiskey more than Scotch. Not bad, but very overrated.

Score: 79 out of 100