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
Age
12 Year Old
Country
Japan
Type
Single Malt
Colouring
Yes

Style

  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness

Character

  • Leaves Leaves
  • Lemon Lemon
  • Pear Pear
  • 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]

22 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    15 June

    very good

  • 5
    13 May

    I am of an open mind about this whisky, as I found it very fiery to start with and a slight sweet taste at the end I have tasted better whisky's and the Taiwan Kavalan a lot better, which is an enjoy to have.

  • 5
    5 May

    Sweet aroma with a hint of fruitiness. Stands apart from other single malt scotches.

  • 5
    18 April

    Smells fruity and taste fruity with a hint of smoke. Very classy and smooth!

  • 5
    8 April

    ...maybe it was a bootlegged bottle or a bad batch, but please dont think me unkind....my bottle had undertones AND overtones of rubbing alcohol..it was the worst drink of whiskey I ever had....not a fan.... not even worthy of 1/2 a star

  • 5
    8 December 2015

    Suntory Hakushu Whisky 12yrs is absolutely phenomenal! You can smell the flavors in the whisky and it doesn't overwhelm it at all . The whisky is very smooth and it's perfectly well balanced in tasted, which is very rare in most whiskies. In my opinion, it's a work of art!

  • 5
    2 November 2015

    I have never been a straight whiskey connoisseur, until now! I purchased a bottle fo the Hakushu 12yo and gave it to a friend of mine in Colorado. We poured it into the blown glass vessels from Okinawa and it was pure delight. I can''t remember a straight whiskey this good in all my life (72yo). It was so smooth, silky and the greatest taste without any of the rough that comes with American straight whiskey''s.

  • 5
    3 October 2015

    Yamasaki 18 is getting super scarce so this is a great second bottle to have to hand. Torn between the Hibiki and Hakushu as they are so close in quality.

  • 4
    18 August 2015

    WAUW WAUW WAUW.... please keep on producing this stuff and do not get ride of the age statements as most Japanese whiskies now do! This is amazing stuff

  • 5
    2 May 2015

    An outstanding whiskey, challenging the best the world offers.

  • 4
    25 April 2015

    Very much like some Islay Malts didn''t think I''d like it but it was really good.

  • 5
    16 February 2015

    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.

  • Anonymous 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.

  • JJD 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.

  • Anonymous 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.

  • David L. 7 August 2011

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

  • Mack James 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.

  • Mikko 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.

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