Suntory Yamazaki 18

Suntory’s Yamazaki line is actually a vatting of 3 different component whiskies that are aged in different casks:  New American Oak, Mizunara (Japanese Oak), and Spanish Oak.  There is more than just an age difference between the Yamazaki 12 and the 18.  The recipe using the 3 component whiskies is also different.  The Yamazaki 12 uses a higher percentage of the New American Oak, while the Yamazaki 18 uses more Spanish Oak.  We reviewed the Yamazaki 12 here – now let’s take a taste of the the more heavily Spanish Oak influenced expression.

Yamazaki 18

Color:  Light Copper

Nose:  Intense oak and sherry, prunes, dark red fruits, a little astringent though.

Palate:  Nice chewy mouth feel, multiple layers of sweet sherry, leathery, surprising amount of heat here – almost spicy, a nice earthy tone.

Finish:  Fairly long, tongue numbing and nice.

Comment:  I am not a big sherry head, but this is very well put together, the sherry is integrated very well, it plays a big role here but not over powering.  Between the 12 and the 18: Its a tough call but I, personally, prefer the freshness of the 12 year old with New American Oak influence.

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2 responses to “Suntory Yamazaki 18

  1. James K

    Personally, I strongly prefer the 18 over the 12. Maybe it’s because I enjoy sherry finished whiskies (like the Macallan 18, Aberlour A’bunadh) or maybe I didn’t really appreciate the freshness of the 12, but the 18 wins me over with its great flavor profile, without the up front alcohol harshness I experienced with the 12. But, this is why I love whisky and the varying opinions of it. Sounds like it’s time to do a side by side tasting!

  2. Gal

    Really interesting. Didn’t know about the vatting

    I myself prefer the 18 anytime over the lovely 12

    I’ve compared them h2h a while ago on my blog.

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