Suntory Hakushu Distiller's Reserve Sample

3cl / 43%
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Suntory Hakushu Distiller's Reserve Sample
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A combination of whisky of a wide range of ages, Distiller’s Reserve is a gently smoky dram from Hakushu, bursting with fruity flavour with notes of herbs and green apples.

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Suntory Hakushu Distiller's Reserve



  • Mint Mint
  • Grapefruit Grapefruit
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Mixed Herb Mixed Herb

Suntory Hakushu Distiller's Reserve Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Andy M

    Nose: Quite herbaceous.  Green fruit, mint, cucumber, pine, grassy, spearmint.  Just loads of green fruit in this one.

    Palate: Loads of green things coming out of here! Mint, cucumber, green fruit, grapefruit and just a touch of smoke at the back.  Dave Broom got yuzu…I’ve never heard of yuzu…

    Finish: Light, delicate, refreshing and some subtle smoke.

    Comments: This is so easy to drink.  It’s fresh, easy going (almost too easy) and just divine.  I wrote delicious at the top and circled it! That’s a big thumb up in my world.

22 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    27 August

    I love Hakushu.

  • 5
    25 December 2018

    Unlike the Yamazaki and Hibiki, this one is a lot less floral on the nose and a lot more smooth and balanced. Makes for a fantastic whisky.

  • 5
    23 November 2018

    What a whisky! Grassy, herbal and fresh with a reassuring smokey finish. I am a massive fan of Japanese whisky and this was my first. I would always try to keep a bottle on standby. Refreshingly different and sheer class.

  • 4
    18 September 2018

    Hint of mint and some yuzu. Most of all I am just amazed by how smooth it is. Leaves a slight smokey burn afterwards. Nice and warm. Definitely a good drink when you want to have a quiet night.

  • 3
    2 March 2018

    Too sharp on the draw, but mellows into smoke. It's decent, but the price point is too high for the initial taste.

  • 5
    1 March 2018

    While the Yamazaki NAS has got a broader appeal due to the Sherry wood, I preferred this. Fresh, with pine, citrus, melon n a whiff of smoke. This is the real deal for the connoisseur.

  • 5
    21 February 2018

    Personally, I think this is just about the most perfectly balanced whisky out there. It is not specifically my favourite but it is so beautifully made and a wonderful expression of the fresh green flavours of springtime.

  • 5
    6 December 2017

    Superb. Had to order another bottle

  • 5
    5 December 2017

    One of the best Japanese Whiskey's I've tried

  • 5
    29 November 2017

    Wonderfully smooth clean flavour on the pallet. Given to me as a present by son inlaw who either thinks a lot of me or wants something. So easy to drink as others have noted so could work out as an expensive pastime.

  • 4
    6 October 2017

    Fine whiskey. Could be more subtle.

  • 4
    23 June 2017

    An excellent choice, and very good price!

  • 4
    6 September 2016

    This is a great whisky, then I look at what scotch malt I can buy for similar money and it is one of the many. I would recomend but not sure i would buy it again

  • 5
    30 June 2016

    What a great taste, very smooth & clean with lots of flavors. This my first Japanese whiskey- what a great experience.

  • 5
    25 March 2016

    First Japanese whisky I've tried normally a speyside drinker but loved it its probably more interesting than tasty but goes in like water and hits the back of your tounge with the complexity of a physicist on caffeine. really enjoyed

  • 4
    7 December 2015

    I got plenty of forestry smells from this one. Smooth to drink, and a nice kick on the aftertaste.

  • 4
    17 July 2015

    Like all from the Suntory stable. It is perfection in a glass. And that''s the problem with it, it''s too well rounded and balanced. No hidden corners. I liken to getting into a bath of hot water. Perfect temperature perfect depth the lot. Where as my best baths sometimes start of with ouch a bit too hot but once it you just know you''re going to enjoy the soak. I like my whisky sessions where sometimes the pain of the 1st sip ensure you''re going have a good relaxing soak. That''s why I gave it a 4. A brilliant yet functional young single malt with no rough edges to cling onto to say I''ve been there and done that.

  • 4
    25 June 2015

    I love this whiskey. It''s floral, green and grapefruit. My only whinge is that it's cheaper in Japan. The mark up by the importers (not this website) is a tad steep after tax.

  • 4
    28 January 2015

    No ''herbacious'' or ''green'' in my glass - and I hardly detect smoke. Its a straightforward, typically well made Japanese Malt, and definitely VERY enjoyable & easy to drink. Its an entry level malt so a tad firey (8 years old?) No Yuzu, no Shisho, no Cucumber, no floral descriptions etc.

  • 5
    19 December 2014

    Love the nose - yuzu is there alright. Shisho, white flowers, citrus fruits and a tinge of green peppers. It''s a young one - a bit rough on the entry and less complex, smoky and grippy than the 12 year old but I''d drink this every day just because it''s so prettily made.

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