Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Hakushu Distiller's Reserve Review

Hi everyone,

A quick review today from Japan. I always find Hakushu to be quite interesting because they use heavily peated barley but comes across as very lightly peated in flavour. Do I know why this is? No, and I’m too lazy a whisky reviewer to actually do some research so it will remain a mystery to me forevermore.
 
Hakushu Distiller's Reserve 43%
Colour: Light Gold
Body: Light/Medium
Nose: Quite light with average oak, some herbal notes, pine needles, creamy vanilla, mint,
Taste: Very creamy mouthfeel, very soft, vanilla, cream soda, mint, some oak comes in, pine needles then a little more smoky with faint ash and very delicate threads of wood smoke.
Finish: Short/Medium length. Some more of that very average oak, and some delicate smoke and ash.
The delicate smoke works really well here, but other than that its pretty average.
68/100

Distillery: Hakushu
Average Score: 72.3
[Distillery Ranking: (http://www.daveswhiskyreviews.com/p/distillery-rankings.html) 41st/62 places
Up/Down: Down 10

Thanks for reading!

Japanese Review #21
Whisky Network Review #787

Network Average: 75.0
Best Score: 94
Worst Score: 12
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

Full Disclosure Disclaimer: I currently work as a Brand Ambassador for Penderyn Distillery. The views expressed here are purely my own and do not reflect the views of Penderyn Distillery or The Welsh Whisky Company. I try to maintain as much objectivity as I can but feel free to take my reviews with as big a pinch of salt as you like. Furthermore, my rating scale is NOT based on a Parker type wine scoring scale or a school/college/university % or A-F grade score. You can find more on my scoring here. I apologise for any seemly low or 'bad' scores given with my system and I am sorry I can't say only nice things. Please keep in mind that I am ethically compromised and I am unable to produce 100% unbiased reviews.

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