12 year old single malt by Suntory Yamazaki has been in the market since 1984. It was the first Japanese whisky with big marketing on the background. Michael Jackson of Whisky Magazine has stated:
“Yamazaki 12 year old is a pioneering malt in Japan, for which Suntory deserve great credit. In its early days, it was rounded and delicate…now it is more intense, confident and elegant. 8/10”
I did expect more from it, though it felt okay. Yamazaki 18yo had given so much. With a completely different palate, though. Suntory Yamazaki 12yo is of course still a nice dram. “Heavy whisky” for the palate and level of alcohol, it has. Yamazaki 12yo has been matured in Mizunara casks (Japanese oak). Apparently this should give a little taste of coconut into the whisky. Sadly I didn’t spot any coconut notes.
Packing some teeth kicking tropical fruit heat and warming spices smoothly but strongly. Like girl energy. In movie talk, Yamazaki 12yo must be The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.