A perennial favourite and a must-try for anyone interested in discovering Japanese whisky. Hakushu is owned by Suntory, founders of the first Japanese distillery, Yamazaki. The original Hakushu distillery was built in 1973, with another distillery building called Hakushu Higashi (west) added in 1981.
Palate: Smooth and velvety. A caressing feel, quite thick. Good balance. As fruity as on the nose. Plums with a hint of prunes.
Finish: Medium, with a pleasant dry spiciness. Soothes down on an almondy note.
Comment: A perfectly balanced dram. Fruit and spices mingle gently.
[These notes are reproduced from Whisky Magazine Issue 64]
Customer Reviews: (8 reviews)
Not a 'scotch' pretender, but valid in it's own context. Which is a prissy way of saying Hakushu is somewhere else, neither boubon nor scotch, and extremely drinkable in my opinion. Traditional 'wee dram' sippers wont like it, but I do.
- anonymous, 7th January
My bottle of this disappeared so quickly; I'm not exactly sure what happened. At the price point, I haven't really tried anything better. I keep a bottle of this and a bottle of Ardbeg 10 yr old at all times and never have a subpar dram. Life is good. For a relaxing time, make it Suntory time.
- JJD , 2nd Dec '13
The French and Italians didn't invent wine but became very famous for it, I suspect the same is happening with Japanese whisky.
- anonymous, 31st Jan '12
absolutely top of my list...nothing more can be said about this whiskey.
- David L., 7th Aug '11
My pals got me a bottle from japan for my 65th (SAME AS DAVE GILMORE - PINK FLOYD) ABSOLUTLEY FAB. Probably one of the best whiskeys ive ever had.
- Mack James, 10th Mar '11
That's it, japanese are taking over. I mean how many 12 yo scotch single malt can match this one? A nice tarry and floral nose, amazing bourbon-vanilla-fruit palate... a long fruity and balanced tarry finish. This is even better than Highland Park 18 yo.
- Mikko, 18th Jan '11
On my last visit to Japan I tried Hakushu 12 year and was blown away with how good it was. I hear their Yamazaki label is even better. Needless to say I am no longer a skeptic of Japanese whisky, in fact I have become an avid supporter. Japanese love their whisky and it shows. On a side note, Suntory produces both Hakushu and Yamazaki.
- anonymous, 3rd Sep '09
just toasted my house with this whiskey, first had it in london, so glad i brought it, it's a must for any whiskey drinker
- anonymous, 20th Dec '07
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