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Yamazaki Distillery

5-2-1 Yamazaki, Shimamoto-cho, Mishima-gun , Osaka, 618-0001, Japan
Tel: +81 75 961 1234
Fax: +81 75 962 8961


Articles (6)

100 Greatest Whisky People
We highlight the people who have left a lasting legacy on the whisky world over the years.

December 2011, Issue 100, page 16

Heart of Oak
Chris Bunting visits Japan's most maritime distillery.

February 2010, Issue 86, page 46

Taken by storm
We report from the recent Shanghai show

July 2009, Issue 81, page 10

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The Art of Science
Dave Broom examines how Japan's distillers are taking their country's whiskies into the world.

January 1970, Issue 84, page 14

The best year yet
This year's Icons of Whisky were the toughest yet. Drawing up the shortlists was a nightmare.And the voting in nearly all categories was painfully close. Dominic Roskrowreports

March 2006, Issue 54, page 18

The state of Japan
For this issue's round table we hand over to Dave Broom, who recently hosted a live debate in Japan with representatives of three leading companies. This is his summary of that event

July 2006, Issue 57, page 16

Whiskies (31)
Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yamazaki 1979, Japanese Oak Cask, 119.2
Single Malt - Japan - 57.40%
8 A breakfast malt? Splendidly complex, with Japanese oak adding that extra touch of distinctiveness.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yamazaki 1980, White Oak Cask, 119.1
Single Malt - Japan - 50.90%
8 Elegant, and more flavoursome than Suntory bottlings I think.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yamazaki 1991, 11 Years Old, 119.5
Single Malt - Japan - 62.20%
8 Saves all the action for the finish. Very appetising.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yamazaki, 10 Years Old, 119.3
Single Malt - Japan - 56.20%
8 A surprising amount of peat in this usually very delicate malt.

Yamazaki 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 40.00%
7 A charming summery dram. The perfect “herbal tea” to savour while gazing at the moonlit sky.

Yamazaki 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
7 This was a pioneering malt in Japan, for which Suntory deserve great credit.

Yamazaki 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
7 A pioneering malt in Japan, for which Suntory deserve great credit. In its early days, it was rounded and delicate, as though wary of offending anyone. Now it is more intense, confident and elegant.

Yamazaki 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
7 An open and conversational whisky. Does not boast complexity but has a vibrant fruity aromatic profile. Tastes stronger than 43%.

Yamazaki 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
7 The palate does not keep what the nose promises. Disappointing. Sweetness does not make up for flavour.

Yamazaki 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
7 Big flavours, and a lot happening, but could be rounder.

Yamazaki 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
8 Well-balanced. Full of flavour.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Yamazaki 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
8 Surprisingly, water tones the oaky flavours down, bringing out more malty sweetness. Quite a self-indulgent dram.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Yamazaki 1980 Japanese White Oak Cask
Single Malt - Japan - 58.00%
7 The most herbal and spicy of these three bottlings, and the most distinctive.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Yamazaki 1980 Vintage Malt
Single Malt - Japan - 56.00%
8 Big but balanced. Shows complexity.

World Whiskies Awards 2011 - World's Best Single Malt Whisky - Winner

Yamazaki 1984
Single Malt - Japan - 63.00%
7 A huge whisky but overwhelmingly fruity and alcoholic.

Yamazaki 1984 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 48.00%
It's as if all the tastes have been turned up to max.

Yamazaki 1990 Sherry Butt
Single Malt - Japan - 61.00%
7 For the big sherried lovers.

Yamazaki 1991 Bourbon Cask
Single Malt - Japan - 60.00%
7 An interesting interplay of flavours. Comes to rather an abrupt halt.

Yamazaki 1991 Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Japan - 61.00%
7 Can the elegant Yamazaki whisky stand up to heavy sherry? In this case, yes. A dexterously balanced malt.

Yamazaki 1993 Bourbon Cask
Single Malt - Japan - 58.00%
7 The Yamazaki I know well; but with a more obvious and robust hint of bourbon character.

Yamazaki 1993 Heavily Peated Malt
Single Malt - Japan - 62.00%
7 Great balanceand intrigue in here. Well worth a look.

World Whiskies Awards 2012 - World's Best Single Malt - Winner

Yamazaki 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
6 A PX sherry first fill? Fine if you like oak infusion. Clings on your palate for ages. Too oaky to be OK.

Yamazaki 80th Anniversary Bottling
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00%
8 A lovely, elegant, delicately malty Yamazaki.

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel
Single Malt - Japan - 48.00%
8 It pulls in a number of directions, but each one is equally interesting and exciting. Terrific stuff.

Yamazaki Bourbon Cask, 1993
Single Malt - Japan - 59.00%
7 Lots happening, lively, enjoyable.

Yamazaki Mizunara
Single Malt - Japan - 48.00%
8 Nice balance of aromas and flavours here, with some unusual aromatic notes to boot.

Yamazaki Oak Cask , 1979
Single Malt - Japan - 58.00%
7 Scores points for its robust distinctiveness.

Yamazaki Puncheon
Single Malt - Japan - 48.00%
7 A continuation from the previous, in terms of style, with definite notes of citrus and pleasant oak.

Yamazaki Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Japan - 48.00%
8 Bold and rich, but with no signs of being overpowered.

Yamazaki Sherry Wood, 1982
Single Malt - Japan - 45.00%
7 Any whisky-lover would be glad of the chance to taste this, even if it is on the woody side.

Yamazaki The Cask of Yamazaki 1974
Single Malt - Japan - 55.00%
A magnificent mouthful.

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