Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve (43%, OB, 2014)

The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky – Distillers Reserve ~ 43% (Beam/Suntory)

43% ABV, £40 for 70cl

Score: 82/100


What they say:

Check out the beautiful Yamazaki website

A Soft, Gorgeous Aroma and Sweet, Smooth Flavour

The new Yamazaki is born of the meeting of a variety of Yamazaki malts, including the traditional Yamazaki malts stored in Japanese oak (Mizunara) casks and revolutionary malts stored in wine casks.


What I say:

Our first whisky of the evening at WOLS 14/4 tasting ‘Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover’ – during which drams were poured blind for the delectation of our society members.




Perfumed, sweet and floral, cherry wine or blossom, strawberries and cream, a faint sub-aroma of acetone, mizunara oak


Fruity apple, cherry, raspberry, strawberries and cream, blueberry, custard apple with cinnamon hints, cherrywood


Long, gentle spices, cinnamon and orange zest, bubblegum, vanilla and mizunara oak

Yamazaki Distillers Reserve


This is very similar to the Yamazaki 12 Years old that I had the pleasure of sampling recently only it has a subtle hint of being slightly younger and much fresher in its fruity elements. A delicious dram, this reminded me of cherry lips and strawberries and cream candies with a subtle unusual cherrywood and mizunara oak. This is as fragrant as a breeze through the cherry blossom and just as enjoyable. A very well constructed ‘No age-statement’ whisky from Yamazaki that is the perfect introduction to their range.

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