We've got a Japanese whisky today from Hakushu, the sister distillery to Yamazaki.
I've already moaned quite a bit about rising prices and lack of availability for Japanese whisky, so I won't do too much of that today...
These big Japanese distilleries like Yamazaki and Hakushu, owned by Suntory, are interesting because they have a lot of different stills, different condenser types and different peating levels to create a load of different types of whiskies that they can then blend together to create the 'perfect' whisky...
To me, this style can sometimes come across as slightly over-engineered though.
Oh, also thanks to my friend Tom for sharing his sample!
Hakushu 12 43%
Colour: Light Gold
Nose: Coconut and light peat smoke. Perfumed, exotic spice, vanilla, a green sappy note. Quite creamy. Jam, lime chutney, vanilla fudge.
Taste: Light arrival, creamy with building vanilla, coconut and then green sappy peat smoke. Juicy fruit and fruity acidity, mango and lime, a little spice
Finish: Short length. Fades easily with jam and creamy vanilla.
There is very little peat on this, much less than I had expected. More of a perfumed thing about it. It comes up a little short though, especially when compared to the lovely citrus notes of the Yamazaki 12.
Thanks for reading!
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