Hakushu 12

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Originally reviewed on reddit: 28/12/15

This was from a sample from/u/vreckan on reddit. This is one of the now all too rare breed of age stated Japanese whiskies. Hakushu is owned by Suntory, who also own Yamazaki. The distillery itself is located in a forest in a mountainous region of Japan and from what I’ve seen the surroundings are really picturesque. The distillery is one of the highest whisky distilleries sitting at 700m above sea level. For a long time this was their core expression (now replaced by the NAS distiller’s reserve), it’s lightly peated and matured mainly in American oak.

Aged 12 years, 43%ABV

Nose: Candied fruits. Quite floral. Sweet red apples. Peaches. Banana, the artificial flavouring, not the fruit. Dry straw. Old varnished wood. The faintest hint of some dirt/peat.

Palate: Lemon zest. A generic herbal note. Some wet dirt. Salt. Dry leaves.

Finish: Medium-long. Salty fruits. Grit. Treated thatch.

Would I buy this: No

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 2/5

This was the epitome of what I’d call good whisky, not great, but good. It’s simple, straightforward and easy to drink, but still has some very identifiable notes and just tastes well made. Kind of like a Toyota Corolla.

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