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

Hakushu 12

Hakushu 12

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

Region: Japan

43% ABV

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