Hakushu

18 Years Old

ABV 43%
REVIEWED Issue 56
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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)
Tasting notes
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.
7.3
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.
7.3
Visit the distillery
Hakushu Higashi Distillery, 2913-1 , Mukobayashi Aza, Yamanashiken Kitakomagun, Hakushucho Torihara, Japan
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