Grabbing a bottle of champagne for new year’s I spotted this at the store. I know I’d never see it again for this price so I picked it up. Hakushu uses peat in their barley so I was looking forward to trying something a little less floral and malty from the Japanese.
Paid: $65 for 750ml
Distilled / Owned By: Hakushu / Beam Suntory
Mashbill: 100% malted barley
Aged For: 12 years
Cask Type: American oak, ex sherry, and Spanish oak
Chill Filtered: No
Color Added: No
Drank: Neat, in a glencairn
Color: Lemon chiffon
Nose: Gentle peat smoke, pear, pine needle. Grass and cedar wood. Gives the impression of taking a walk through a forest.
Taste: The gentle smoke follows through from the nose to the palate. Apple, sage, and candied ginger.
Finish: Slightly shorter than medium in length. The smoke leaves a lasting impression of suede and lemon.
Overall: So far my favorite Japanese whisky. The peat smoke helps for me immensely with what I find to otherwise be very light drams. I realize that others appreciate this much more than I, but If I can continue to find this at this price I’d put it in a rotation.
Score: 84 out of 100