Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve - £54.55

43% ABV

Distillery:        Yamazaki

Location chosen due to:

  • High quality spring water
  • Humidity – unique climate of three rivers merging
  • Close to best transport system at the time – between Osaka & Kyoto

One of the largest in Japan – 14 pot stills

3.5 – 4.5 million litres p.a. – busy visitors centre that has a bar with 120 Yamazaki whiskies

Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 – won Best Whisky in the World – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible


This whisky was matured in Bordeaux wine casks and sherry casks, and finished off in Mizunara casks


Colour:           Gold

Nose:              Strawberries, red fruit, Cherry, Mizunara (Japanese oak)

Palate:            slight fudge, warm citrus, Raspberry, white peach (?), touch of coconut

Finish:                        Sweet vanilla, hint of cinnamon

With water:    buttery, creamy


Mizunara oak

  • high in vanillas but very porous – susceptible to leaking & damage; change in maturation modified - most JW matured in bourbon or sherry casks and finished off in Mizunara casks