Review: Hakushu 12 Year Old Japanese Single Malt Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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12 Years
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Hakushu (Hokuto, Japan)

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: T4AKP

  • Bottling Date: 2014

Looks like natural colour!

At the first whiff, you know this is gonna be good – well balanced, lightly oily. Green apple, pear, soot, smoke – yet still so light! Hazlenut oil, roasted hazlenuts, fresh apricot, vanilla, macadamia nuts, peach jam, and light cucumber. The palate is sweet, with a lot more barley than seen on the nose – roasted malt. Sweet, with peach, dried apricot, and finishes with a dollop of smoke. Nice malt, too.

The finish is sweet, with some smoke, apple, macadamia nuts, almonds – but these are not to say that it is overly nutty, but the notes are there. Peach jam. A beautifully integrated whisky, and a terrific nose. A favorite duty free pickup of mine.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average. Not bad, especially in some duty free shops. But it appears now they’re all gone, these days at least…