A massive step up in quality from the standard Hakushu 12 yrs, this 18yo is amazingly well-defined (as we've come to expect from Japanese whisky) with deliciously rounded fruit and cereal flavours, at times surprisingly reminiscent of the finest Irish potstill whisky (eg Redbreast 15yo).
Unlike their collegues in Scotland, Japanese distillers do not exchange stock for their blending requirements. This means that each distillery is set up to produce a wide range of styles. Hakushu uses four different types of malt (unpeated to heavy) run through four pairs of differently-shaped stills. Each single malt is a different blend of these bases. While still herbal, this example shows more sherried notes along with sour orange zest, tropical fruit, and some smoke. 90 Points
Customer Reviews: (6 reviews)
What a quaffer able whiskey finished a bottle on Xmas nite with two friends now found out the price but worth it
- anonymous, 1st January
unbelivable wonder @ this price...magnificant,
- saha, 9th Apr '13
I like the feminine style of Hakushu!
- Isada, 26th Jan '13
Most stunning whisky from Hakushu! It's just amazing dram...
- Van de Mer, 20th Dec '12
One of the best single malt from Japan, come along with Yamazaki. Prices gone up a lot recently, but it's worth to try. Very difficult to find nowadays...Bought 3 bottles recently.
- Li Yang, Shanghai, 29th Oct '12
Well crafted 18 years whisky by Hakushu! It was so refined, balance, silky smooth & oriental masterpiece.
- Sam, Taipei (Taiwan), 25th Oct '12
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