Suntory Hakushu 12 Year Old

70cl / 43%
  • Japanese Single Malt Whisky
Suntory Hakushu 12 Year Old
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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.

Awarded Malt of the Month November 2014

12 Year Old
Single Malt


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Pear Pear
  • Lemon Lemon
  • Leaves Leaves
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Wax Wax

Suntory Hakushu 12 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Hakushu is the Japanese connoisseurs choice. The distillery, which was built in 1973 and is set amidst spectacular pine forests close to Japanese Alps.

    Hakushu 12yo has aroma of pears, crushed leafy bracken a hint of citrus. You can enjoy subtle smokiness and the sweet poached pears on the palate.

  • Tasting Notes by Dave Broom

    Nose: Light and grassy and slightly stony to start. In time there’s sweet persimmon and nut.

    Palate: Pure and very clean. Sweet lime, green fruits then a hint of smoke and a buttery meadow sweet/chamomile note. Light to the point of fragility.

    Finish:  Honey, lemon and a little ginger.

    Comment: Delicacy to the fore. A breakfast dram if there were ever one.

    [These notes are reproduced from Whisky Magazine Issue 64]

  • Tasting Notes by Martine Nouet

    Nose: Fruity and sweet. Ripe cherry plums, almond milk, acacia honey.

    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]

11 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    16 February

    So balanced

  • 4
    26 December 2014

    We liked it quite a lot. Found it to have some of the smokey aspects of peaty Scotch. pe

  • 5
    17 November 2014

    Delicious whisky, one of finest i''ve ever tasted. Perfect balance, great smoothness and a delicate taste. This may not be the best whisky ever made, but you can trust it to never disappoint you.

  • 7 January 2014

    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.

  • 2 December 2013

    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.

  • 31 January 2012

    The French and Italians didn't invent wine but became very famous for it, I suspect the same is happening with Japanese whisky.

  • 7 August 2011

    absolutely top of my list...nothing more can be said about this whiskey.

  • 10 March 2011

    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.

  • 18 January 2011

    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.

  • 3 September 2009

    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.

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