I ordered this bottle from the LCBO Online Vintages selection (it is 28% off right now!), and recently opened it after reading mixed reviews.
My first surprise came when I went to pull the cork, and found that it was a twist cap
. I took a sniff from the bottle and was immediately pleased; it had a fresh, flowery (and floury) aroma that reminded me right away of Glenkinchie.
In the glass these similarities persisted: a sweet, malty aroma with the fragrance of summer meadows; flavours of cookie dough and sherried malt. Just enough bitterness in the finish to provide balance.
I compared The Yamazaki 12 to Glenkinchie Distillers Edition. These two malts both have flavours and aromas that I haven't found anywhere else, particularly that doughy biscuit quality. The Yamazaki is bigger and sweeterm whereas Glenkinchie tends toward dryness.
The Yamazaki 12 is definitely among my favourites so far. If I had a rating scale it would probably score an 8.5 at least.