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Embracing the Smoke: Yamazaki Peated Malt Smoky Old Fashioned

Embracing the Smoke: Yamazaki Peated Malt Smoky Old Fashioned
  March 15, 2024

Embracing the Smoke: Yamazaki Peated Malt Smoky Old Fashioned

The Yamazaki Peated Malt Single Malt Whisky is a bold and intriguing expression from the renowned Yamazaki distillery. Unlike their typical offerings, this whisky incorporates peated malt, resulting in a unique flavor profile that balances smoky richness with Yamazaki's signature smoothness. To truly appreciate this distinctive spirit, we present the "Yamazaki Peated Malt Smoky Old Fashioned" – a classic cocktail with a twist that complements the whisky's smoky character.


  • 2 oz Yamazaki Peated Malt Single Malt Whisky
  • 25 oz Demerara Sugar Syrup (recipe below)
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Orange Twist (for garnish)
  • Luxurious Maraschino Cherry (for garnish)

Demerara Sugar Syrup (optional):

  • 1 cup Demerara Sugar
  • 1 cup Water

Yamazaki Peated Malt - 700ML


  1. Craft Your Syrup (Optional): If you don't have Demerara sugar syrup on hand, prepare it beforehand. Combine equal parts Demerara sugar and water in a saucepan. Heat gently over low heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  2. Chill Your Glass: A chilled glass ensures a refreshing and well-balanced drink. Fill a rocks glass with ice and water for a few minutes. Discard the ice water before starting.
  3. Sugar with a Twist: Add the Demerara sugar syrup (or simple syrup) to the chilled rocks glass. If using simple syrup, consider using a slightly lower amount (0.2 oz) as Demerara sugar has a richer flavor profile.
  4. Embrace the Bitters: Add 2 dashes of Angostura bitters to the glass. Swirl gently to coat the bottom.
  5. The Star of the Show: Pour the Yamazaki Peated Malt Whisky over the ice. Let it sit for a moment to allow the flavors to meld.

Garnishing for Impact:

Orange Twist: Express the oils from an orange peel over the drink (hold the peel over the glass and squeeze slightly to release the oils) and discard the peel. The citrus aroma complements the smokiness of the whisky.
Luxurious Maraschino Cherry: A luxurious Maraschino cherry adds a touch of sweetness and visual appeal without being overly sugary.

The Yamazaki Peated Malt Single Malt Whisky offers a unique and exciting twist on the Yamazaki experience. The "Yamazaki Peated Malt Smoky Old Fashioned" is a perfect complement, a cocktail that celebrates the whisky's smoky character while maintaining its inherent smoothness. As you raise a glass, appreciate the complex flavor profile and the innovative spirit of this Yamazaki expression.