Suntory Yamazaki Japanese Whisky - £45 @ Waitrose instore & online
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Suntory Yamazaki Japanese Whisky - £45 @ Waitrose instore & online

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Found 4th Feb
Normally around the £55 mark.

Yamazaki is the flagship Japanese single malt, embraced for its multi-layered flavour with fruit and Mizunara aroma. The Yamazaki was born in Suntory's historic distillery, the first of its kind in Japan. Yamazaki's heritage and signature taste, the aged Yamazaki Sherry Cask and aged Mizunara cask malt whiskies are the backbone of this whisky. The innovative use of Suntory's original wine cask finished malt whiskies gives a particular fruity sweetness to the round, smooth body of Yamazaki. The result is a rich whisky that is easy-to-drink with a mature and profound taste. Distillier's Reserve is a whisky that represents the exciting next generation of Yamazaki. It bares no age. Enjoy it neat, on the rocks or as a Highball for the ultimate Japanese whisky experience Suntory the producer of Hakushu Distiller's Reserve are *Three-Time Winners of:"Distiller of the Year"*International Spirits Challenge 2010, 2012, 2013
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"For a relaxing time, make it Suntory time"
Edited by: "DrDoolittle" 4th Feb
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Fantastic whisky 😘
"For a relaxing time, make it Suntory time"
Edited by: "DrDoolittle" 4th Feb
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quanghuy26125 m ago

Fantastic whisky 😘


It is indeed. I had to pick up 2 bottles because they don't last long
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I need to be richer. LOL
Yumazaki
OOS online.
Why would you buy overpriced Japanese whiskey that's a copy of the real stuff that comes from just over the border. We'll be leaving the EU next.
When did Japanese start making whiskey. Wish whiskey was reserved for Scotland and Ireland like Champagne for France. Take Scottish or Irish whiskey , label it in Japanese and see it sell at double price in blind trials.
Lol i posted a Yamazaki deal about 6 years ago, which got similar comments... bought a couple of bottles, never got around to drinking them and sold them 2 years ago for 10x what I'd paid. Yamazaki is seriously good stuff, regardless of where it comes from... true this is the bargain basement version but they do know how to make a good whisky. The Japanese oak used to make some of the casks (Mizanura I think) gives it a unique flavour profile.

EDIT: Meant to say, this is the normal price in Sainsbury's but I've noticed that at my local stocks are dwindling with no sign of replacement.
Edited by: "IndianaBlues" 4th Feb
sam_of_london8 h, 58 m ago

When did Japanese start making whiskey. Wish whiskey was reserved for …When did Japanese start making whiskey. Wish whiskey was reserved for Scotland and Ireland like Champagne for France. Take Scottish or Irish whiskey , label it in Japanese and see it sell at double price in blind trials.


What about America, would you let them carry on making whiskey?
sam_of_london10 h, 9 m ago

When did Japanese start making whiskey. Wish whiskey was reserved for …When did Japanese start making whiskey. Wish whiskey was reserved for Scotland and Ireland like Champagne for France. Take Scottish or Irish whiskey , label it in Japanese and see it sell at double price in blind trials.


The Japanese started making whisky in 1870. Just 5 years after Johnnie Walker's first commercial blend. Yamazaki started in 1924, so it's been around a lot longer than you. "When did sam_of_london start being such a whisky knowall," Japanese whisky might ask.

Champagne is the name of a region and therefore, obviously, a drink with that name can only come from that region. However, champagne is a sparkling wine, and many sparkling wines are created in other regions. The regional terms you desire are "Scotch" and "Irish whiskey" - those are certainly reserved for their countries. If the only way you can beat Japanese whiskey is to ban them from using the name (of a drink that wasn't invented by the Scottish or Irish btw), you don't deserve to win.

Japanese whisky has been winning awards, including in blind tastings, all around the world for many years now. Have you heard the saying "don't knock it till you've tried it"? Maybe instead of simply assuming that Japanese whisky must be inferior, you should set your racism aside and actually try some.
r401caw16 h, 39 m ago

Why would you buy overpriced Japanese whiskey that's a copy of the real …Why would you buy overpriced Japanese whiskey that's a copy of the real stuff that comes from just over the border. We'll be leaving the EU next.


Unlike sam_of_london's comment, this one is actually reasonable. It's so expensive to import Japanese whisky at this stage, and the really good stuff has become so popular worldwide, sending prices soaring, that you can certainly get a better Scotch for the same money. I'm not sure what leaving the EU has to do with it though.
Clueless comments. Japanese whisky is always fantastic
sam_of_london21 h, 57 m ago

When did Japanese start making whiskey. Wish whiskey was reserved for …When did Japanese start making whiskey. Wish whiskey was reserved for Scotland and Ireland like Champagne for France. Take Scottish or Irish whiskey , label it in Japanese and see it sell at double price in blind trials.



Whiskey is Irish or American and nothing to do with Scottish whisky. Your wish is granted and your comment moot.
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Sad Sam posted similar ramblings on my Chita deal back in December. It would appear the complexities of Whisky are far far beyond his simple thinking.
I saw the full Karuizawa Geisha series collection on sale in Dubai airport in December for $300,000 . Couldn't resist taking a photo. Clearly there are people willing to pay crazy prices for Japanese whiskey.
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bozo00728 m ago

I saw the full Karuizawa Geisha series collection on sale in Dubai airport …I saw the full Karuizawa Geisha series collection on sale in Dubai airport in December for $300,000 . Couldn't resist taking a photo. Clearly there are people willing to pay crazy prices for Japanese whiskey. [Image]


It's not just Japanese whisky, many Scotch bottles go for large sums. It's simple supply and demand economics, with more people willing to pay good money for something that is in limited production. As whisky has become more popular the supply of aged whisky has dropped dramatically and the price has risen accordingly. One bottle in my collection has gone from £70 to over £500 in less than 5 years. There is / was only 500 odd bottles produced.

The Yamazaki in this deal I feel is actually excellent value for money, there are few others I would chose at this price point regardless of origin. It's also worth noting a considerable percentage of the cost of a bottle of Whisky is tax and duty, and therefore the cost of importing isn't much of a driver in price. When drinking in Japan I found prices similar to London.

Drink and enjoy
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