The Yamazaki 10 Year Old is one of the first Japanese single malt whiskies to enter the market. It has now been discontinued, replaced by the Yamazaki 12, but it remains one of the most well-balanced single malts by the great Yamazaki distillery. This bo
Yamazaki is japan's oldest commercial whisky distillery. In 1923 it was Shinjiro Torii, the founder of Suntory, who built the distillery just outside the capital Kyoto. This location was chosen because of the excellent water supply, but also because there is a diverse climate with relatively cold winters and warm summers with high humidity.
During the first ten years of existence, Yamazaki was managed by Masataka Taketsuru. This legend is also seen as the 'Father of Japanese Whisky' and is also the founder of another major Japanese whisky brand, Nikka. Taketsuru actually wanted to build the distillery in Hokkaido, because the climate there is more like Scotland, but his boss whistled it back.
The nose is fruity and rich. Plenty of barley malt and caramel, cereal sweetness and winter spice. Vanilla cream and mixed peels with a hint of nuts. The palate is of medium-body with notes of rich peels and winter spice, aniseed and a herbal note. A bitter oak develops. The finish is dry and of good length with acacia honey.