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
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