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    Yamazaki 12yo vs 18yo

    DeanSheen noted that some people may prefer the 12yo to the 18yo, so I pulled a bottle of each for direct comparison.

    Color of both were nearly identical. Nose for both were similar with the 18yo being a little heavier. Both had very little wood flavor which is surprising given the age. Both had a similar light aftertaste.

    The 12yo seemed similar to a Speyside with more spice and leather. The 12yo had an unusual, very subtle, lingering aftertaste that was NOT unpleasent but is reminiscent of tobacco smoke aftertaste..

    The 18yo is a different animal entirely. More spice, leather, and an abundance of flavors. One flavor hits the tip of tongue hard, another hits the side/back, and another hits the very back - a veritable explosion of different, unusual flavors. The 18yo has considerable complexity and depth with unique flavors not found in other whiskeys I've sampled. Though the initial aftertaste is mellow, there is a long. lingering, subtle, perfumey, aftertaste.

    I understand why some would prefer the 12yo; it has a more traditional profile similar to other beverages on the market, yet offers its own character. And the 12yo is more affordable at about a third the cost of the 18yo. However, I like unusual flavors and the 18yo provides that and more. In a blind taste test with 200 samples to choose from, I'd be hard pressed to tell most drinks from another, but I could definitely pick out the Yamazaki 18yo. This is one fantastic drink and every whiskey afficienado should sample it at least once.
    Last edited by loose proton; 12-28-2009 at 15:25.

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    Re: Yamazaki 12yo vs 18yo

    THanks for the review. I be looking for this one at Whiskeyfest this April.
    ~Robert BTOTY #2 2009

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    Re: Yamazaki 12yo vs 18yo

    Thanks for the comparison. The Yamazaki 12 is one of my favourite whiskies. I found it has tremendous floral notes as well as sweet biscuit flavours, very rich and doughy. The only thing I have tried that is close is Glenkinchie 1992 Distillers Edition. I would love to try the 18.

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    Re: Yamazaki 12yo vs 18yo

    I just took delivery of 5 fine bottles of Yamazaki 12.

    They were on sale and I could'nt resist. Now to get home and celebrate!
    ~Robert BTOTY #2 2009

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    Re: Yamazaki 12yo vs 18yo

    I'll be over early.
    My name is Joel Goodson. I deal in human fulfillment.
    I grossed over eight thousand dollars in one night. Time of your life, huh kid?

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    Re: Yamazaki 12yo vs 18yo

    so, how did the tasting go?

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    Re: Yamazaki 12yo vs 18yo

    I haven't tried the 18 but the 12 is very good. The Japanese make excellent whisky.

    I wonder why they haven't tried to make a bourbon-style whiskey, or at least to my knowledge, they haven't.

    Gary

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    Re: Yamazaki 12yo vs 18yo

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillman View Post

    The Japanese make excellent whisky.

    I wonder why they haven't tried to make a bourbon-style whiskey, or at least to my knowledge, they haven't.

    Gary
    Just my opinion, but I think it is because the Japanese love, respect and admire American culture.
    And American culture is something you dive into not imitate.
    That's why they import so much bourbon.
    Also, if you think about it, the Japanese taught us to love bourbon.
    ovh

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    Re: Yamazaki 12yo vs 18yo

    I've got a bottle of the 12 yr. This really makes me want a bottle of the 18.

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    Re: Yamazaki 12yo vs 18yo

    I've now had the Y18, and good as it is, I'd still opt for the Y12. It just suits my tastes better for some reason and I'm not sure the Y18 is worth the extra money. I'll go out on a limb and say that Yamazaki 12 is the best whisky discovery I've made in a year or two and has now climbed firmly into my top 10 "everyday" whiskys (and is rapidly closing in on my top 5). By everyday I mean, not necessarily one of my all-time favorites, but one that I can reach for at any time and thoroughly enjoy.
    "I distrust a man who says 'when.' He's got to be careful not to drink too much, because he's not to be trusted when he does." Sydney Greenstreet

 

 

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