smoky
grassy
honey
oak
pear
vanilla
red apple
lemon zest
sweet
Spiral Hakushu 12 Year Old

Hakushu
12 Year Old
Reviews and Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Pale Gold   
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Freshly cut grass, sliced peaches, hazelnut, honey, and a whiff of smoke   
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Summer fruits and smoke with lemon zest and oaky malt 
 
Finish 
Medium length with cinnamon and a dash of sweet

Flavour Spiral
smoky, sweet, grassy, honey, lemon zest, oak, vanilla, pear, red apple
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$129.99
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Hakushu 12 Year Old is adored for its smoky, grassy, honey and oak flavor notes.

This Japanese Whisky is carefully distilled at Hakushu distillery, Japan.

Based on 208 votes, the average rating for Hakushu 12 Year Old is 8.2/10.

Top reviews for Hakushu 12 Year Old:

— This is a fine bottle, wish it was available in stores and more available but highly recommended for sure.

— I liked this way more than yamazaki 12. It has some herbal notes, with light peat. Incredibly smooth.

— My favorite whisky ever. Glad I bought a couple a few years back when they weren't astronomically priced. Very balanced taste; would be my everyday if cheaper.
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Japan
  • Country
    Japan
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    12 Year Old

Hakushu 12 Year Old

(0.75l, 43%)


8.2/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Hakushu 12 Year Old
guest
guest,
The tasting notes on the box say it all. Near perfection.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Smokey, smooth, salty oak. Not as big of a fan of this one as other Japanese drams, but still nice and well rounded.
 
Jose
Jose,
This is a fine bottle, wish it was available in stores and more available but highly recommended for sure.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Beautifully smokey but smooth velvety dram. Soft fruits with some subtle vanilla and honey sweetness. The balance between smoke, peat and sweet oak is delicious.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Beautifully smokey but smooth velvety dram. Soft fruits with some subtle vanilla and honey sweetness. The balance between smoke, peat and sweet oak is delicious.
 
Brendan
Brendan,
The perfect balance between malty goodness and smoke. The smoke complements the sweetness nicely and is perfectly integrated.
 
Luis
Luis,
Smooth, me dio como un sake after taste. Creo q es bien parecido al de 18 años
 
Ivan
Ivan,
I liked this way more than yamazaki 12. It has some herbal notes, with light peat. Incredibly smooth.
 
Gary
Gary,
This is a very refreshing whisky best enjoyed chilled on a hot summer day. Pear, apple, and vanilla make this a different but excellent Japanese dram.
 
Jason
Jason,
Pear and peat. Delicious.
 
Lawrence
Lawrence,
Toasted barley. Fruit. Slight smoke. Short finish. Orange peel
 
Derek
Derek,
My favorite whisky ever. Glad I bought a couple a few years back when they weren't astronomically priced. Very balanced taste; would be my everyday if cheaper.
 
Charles
Charles,
Really loved this when I first got it, lots of subtle smoke, and was gentle whilst being complex. However, changed over time in the bottle, lost the lovely highlights. Would like another bottle, but like all Japanese whiskey nowadays very expensive, so probably won't.
 
Brenton
Brenton,
One of the better whiskeys I have had. Finishes very well.
 
Alex
Alex,
First Smokey whisky I liked. Not overpowering. Just right
 
Michael
Michael,
Favorite on my shelf, poured for special occasions.
 
Cody
Cody,
Fav of all time
 
carlos
carlos,
It's got a very distinct fruit after taste. Very pleasant.
 
Michael
Michael,
Consumed neat. A nice touch of smoke to a pleasant whisky.
 
Dave
Dave,
One of my favorite whiskys ever. I try to savor this since it's discontinued.
 
Dustin
Dustin,
Not my favorite, but the citrus and stout feeling from this one is aquired,after a few sittings, I really appreciate this one.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is an outstanding, intense, Single Malt Whisky from Japane, It has an intense birth with notes of freshly cut grass, sliced peaches, hazelnut, honey & a hint of smoke; while life adds notes of Summer fruits, smoke with lemon zest & oaky malt, vanilla; that leads to a long, sweet & warming death with notes of cinnamon.
 
Jordan
Jordan,
Good flavor up front. Slightly smoky. Backend is a little like paint thinner
 
Myke
Myke,
Peated with nice smoky notes, but not so much to give it that full Islay taste.
 
Kurt
Kurt,
I thought it was very smooth, quite complex, lacking some spice. Great slightly smokey flavor with a bit of honey. Pairs great with lighter food.
 
guest
guest,
Definitely taste pear, refreshing and exotic. Very good Japanese whisky!
 
Leo
Leo,
Really smooth
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Lovely caramelized malt flavor - relatively soft for a peated whiskey.
 
Kim
Kim,
Let it breathe for a while and this is one will really shine! Perfectly balanced amount of smoke paired with a generous taste of lemon zest and pear. It tastes fresh and sweet, with a loooooooooooong nice finish at the end. Pretty smooth, yet complex. Definately in my top 10!
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Peaty goodness with just a skosh of sweet up front.
 
guest
guest,
I tried it for the first time in a sushi bistro. Unfortunately, the waitress served me a glass with ice, which would not have been my preferred first time taste. However, it was very smooth with very little "burn" to it. I personally think it would have tasted better straight without the ice, but overall it was good for a Japanese whiskey. And Obviously it was not smoky. I would purchase one to keep on my shelf
 
Tristan
Tristan,
Definitely has a certain "Scotchiness" to it. Incredibly smooth! Great texture and mouthfeel. A little smoke and honey. This doesn't need any water or ice.
 
guest
guest,
Fruity, complex, green, citrus
 
John
John,
WOW!!!!
 
Paul
Paul,
Notes of grass and green apple really do shine through in this malt. I was a little dubious that the Hakushu 12 would really be that interesting and unique a flavor, but truly it is. It is definitely my favorite Japanese whiskey, and also is in the top 5 for all regions.
 
Robenson
Robenson,
this tasted like a 15 yr old whiskey and was very smooth
 
guest
guest,
Very interesting Japanese single malt. Had some interesting hints of smoke and peat
 
Rich
Rich,
A very interesting taste but very smooth!
 
Albert
Albert,
A great drink for the summer, floral fruits and peat with a very refreshing taste served as a highball
 
Christopher
Christopher,
First taste of Japanese whisky. Will pursue
 
guest
guest,
Absolutely beautiful
 
guest
guest,
Beautiful balance delicate malt.
 
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