Hakushu

18 Years Old

ABV 43%
REVIEWED Issue 56, Issue 64, Issue 75
Specifications
Brand: Hakushu
Expression: 18 Years Old
Type: Japan Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 18 years old
ABV: 43%
Country/Region: Japan
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Visit the distillery
Hakushu Higashi Distillery, 2913-1 , Mukobayashi Aza, Yamanashiken Kitakomagun, Hakushucho Torihara, Japan
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Intense. Sunny country fragrances. Dry hay, wild flowers. Sunflower honey. Then apple blossom and ripe apples. A touch of new leather.
Palate: Oak grip. Silky texture. Fruit is released at midpalate with a burst of spice. A mix of pears, peach, ginger cooked in a vanilla syrup.
Finish: Sherbety, dry and lingering. Slightly dusty.
Comment: A colourful character, lively and dancing on nose and palate.
8.3
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: A massive intense start.Dry hay,wild flowers.A touch of apple and leather in there too.
Palate: Elegant juicy fruit notes with a perfumed floral note.
Finish: Dry and crisp.
Comment: Takes time to unfurl.
8.0
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Splintery attack. Fresh wood, a walk in a warm summer forest. Marzipan, wet raffia, green grass/blackcurrant leaf.
Palate: Off-dry and perfumed with good length. Melon balls and gentle soft fruit. Then the grassiness returns.
Finish: Dry.
Comment: Another lighter one which only gets going in the middle of the mouth.
7.5
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Splintery attack.Fresh wood,a walk in a warm summer forest.Marzipan,wet raffia,green grass/blackcurrant leaf.
Palate: Off-dry and perfumed with good length.Melon balls and gentle soft fruit. The grassiness returns.
Finish: Dry.
Comment: Another lighter one which only gets going in the middle of the mouth.
7.5
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Intense, slightly sharp. Fruity. Chalky. Pear drop. Ripe apricot. Nail varnish.
Palate: Smooth at start then becoming sherbety. Cooked fruit (apples and pears) soon covered by dry oakiness.
Finish: Oak gives it tangy feel and some astringency. Walnut peel aftertaste.
Comment: Less sweet and fruity on the palate than the nose led you to expect. The balance is not there. Water makes it more bitter.
0.0
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Decent intensity with vegetal (wet banana leaf)/green plum notes. Tropical notes mixed with dry hay and flowers. Hint of toffee and crisp oak. Slightly acidic, yet sweet.
Palate: Direct with decent grip. Finer in character than the 12 with similar levels of sweetness but this has more toastiness and better length. Silky.
Finish: Sweet. Toffee crisp.
Comment: This is best neat. Shows a clean progression of flavours.
0.0
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