International Whisky - Single Malt

Suntory Yamazaki 18yr Single Malt Japanese Whisky

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Rating
    761 / 904
    Rabble Rating
    4.2 / 5.0
    Price (USD)
    $200
    Proof
    86.0

Rating Description

99th Percentile
This score falls in the 99th percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.

Notes

Yamazaki 18yr Single Malt Japanese whisky is the older expression from Yamazaki. It is on the older side of the Yamazaki expressions, often considered the best range of age by connoisseurs of single malt whiskey. They suggest looking for flavors of blackberry, strawberry, and dark chocolate. It stands as one of the most consistently decorated spirits in the Proof66 database.

Named Best Other Whisky in the 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Named Best Other Whisky in the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Named Best Other Whisky in the 2009 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

About the Producer:

Suntory was founded in 1899 by Shinjiro Torii beginning with the sale of grape wine. and today carry the tradition of "Yatte Minahare," which they translate as "go for it!" In 2003 they announced a philosophy of corporate citizenship.

Yamazaki distillery was constructed in 1924 and produced its first "genuine" whisky in 1929. It today produces the single malt whiskies for Suntory in the style of single malt scotches.
Irishman (248) (2014-06-02)
This is one of my all-time favorite bottles. A well-balanced masquerade of soft oak, very subtle fruit, and mild smoke. The only thing better than having this in my bar would be enjoying a glass at the Suntory Distillery. Beyond the incredible quality, the price point is quite distracting and unfortunately, unapproachable. I wanted to ding it a full star for that, but I just couldn't do it. If you get an opportunity to taste this little slice of heaven, don't pass it up.
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NeatPour (169) (2014-01-05)
4.45/5, very good! Some classy sherry casks in here but by no means a sherry monster... If this was $90 I'd stock it regularly but at this price I'm afraid it's a special occasion only bottle. better than macallan 18, better than glenmorangie 18, better than most 18s. Do try!
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jimmyan1976 (26) (2013-01-21)
one of the best Japanese single malt whiskies. if you wanna try a single malt whisky that is on par with the very best of Scotch single malts, you are looking at one from the Far East. great character in this Yamazaki than its younger sibling; must try the 18 year old.
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bdehoog (73) (2012-12-28)
This is the first time that I have been disappointed by a whisky that I was so looking forward to trying. The smell is definitely overwhelming in the glass, but is mostly of a burnt character and some sherried fruits. On first sip this reminds me of striking all of the notes on a xylophone in quick succession.. but unfortunately the char/soot/ash character (does not taste like peat to me at all) is very difficult to handle. I have had old bourbon and scotch that I have enjoyed very much for their woody maturity, but with the Japanese whisky I will stick with the 12.
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Phizbin (186) (2012-09-08)
This has to be one of the most technically perfect spirits I've ever had. There's absolutely no burn on the tongue, the aromas and finish are perfect oak... my only knock is char, which I found a little heavy personally. But I can see why people love this whisky and think a bunch of people would swear by it.
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