Yamazaki 12 vs 18 Year Comparison [In Depth]
Yamazaki 12 vs 18 Year Comparison
The battle of Yamazaki siblings
On paper, Yamazaki 12 and 18 year are very similar. They’re single malt whiskies (100% malted barley) from the same distillery. Age is the most obvious difference, but since Yamazaki is a blend of sherry, bourbon, and mizunara cask-aged whiskeys, the blending ratios may also be different to account for the cost and desired profile. I wouldn’t expect the same ratios for both whiskeys.
And based on my existing experiences, I know, or at least based on rating, that the 18 year is much better. But I’ll put all of that aside because I’m still curious to finally compare them to learn more for myself. So, in this Yamazaki 12 vs 18 Year comparison, let’s put them together to understand just how different they actually are.The table below outlines the two bourbons.
How do they compare?
And the winner is...
And now that I’ve had a bunch of old bourbon, I recognize that Yamazaki 18 Year has that distinct “dusty” bourbon-esque dense and dried fruitiness and old oakiness / darkness. Old Blanton’s and Old Grand Dad 114 Lot 17 come to mind with the dense dried cherry, old oak, and a slightly earthy and fungal quality.
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