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
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.
Average Score: 72.3
[Distillery Ranking: (http://www.daveswhiskyreviews.com/p/distillery-rankings.html) 41st/62 places
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Japanese Review #21
Whisky Network Review #787
Network Average: 75.0
Best Score: 94
Worst Score: 12
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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