Hakushu 18

Hakushu 18

The 12 year so far has been my favorite Japanese whisky, so I had to try the 18 when I got the opportunity.

Price: $300 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Hakushu / Beam Suntory

Region: Japan

43% ABV

Aged For: 18 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Undisclosed

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

 


 

Color: Clear Gold

Nose: Pear, oak, very gentle smoke, and sprigs of mint.

Taste: A bit more smoke now, maybe there was wine cask somewhere because I get a bit of apple and raisin. Rose water?

Finish: Honey, heather, Japanese oak, and sea air.

Thoughts: It seems that the extra time in the barrel killed the fresh foresty taste I loved so much from the 12 year. Compared to the 12 year there’s more oak and barrel influence and less peat smoke, which to me is a negative.

Score: 75 out of 100

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