The Hakushu Single Malt Whisky Distiller's Reserve

Hakushu The Hakushu Single Malt Whisky Distiller's Reserve

(0.7l, 43%)


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Hakushu means applause or ovation…literally clapping hands…and Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve will make you stand up and cheer. 
 
Suntory… today the name virtually defines the beverage business in Japan. Founded in 1899 to import and distribute wine, they quickly branched out into their own products in 1907.  In 1923, they stepped out again, this time into the nearly sacrilegious effort of distilling a single malt Whisky in Japan.  But the dogmatic traditionalist of the spirit-loving West soon forgave Suntory’s heresy for the most pragmatic of reasons… they made great Whisky and pioneered the delicate and problematic use of Mizunara Oak in the process. 
 
In the 90 years since then, Suntory has expanded through home grown brands and the acquisition of established business around the world.  Perhaps most notable of which was their acquisition to American distiller Beam, Inc. in 2014, brining their worldwide sales to more than $10 billion per year. Not too bad. Their various holdings produce dozens of Whiskies, beers, liqueurs, and soft drinks that span the globe.
 
In Japanese, Hakushu means applause or ovation… literally clapping hands. Seems fitting for a honored distillery crafting fine, single malt goodness about as far from Scotland as you can get without seeing penguins. And They refer to Hakushu as “the verdant Japanese Whisky” because they all come from a distillery deep in a volcanic, temperate rain forest surrounded by green trees and foliage. Lovely. 
 
Hakushu Distiller's Reserve Japanese Whisky is an NAS, but don’t let that throw you. This is really good stuff and a genuine master blend of their single-malt from various vintages. And the Chichioya (fathers) over at Suntory are FAR too protective of their collective reputations to let a sub-par also-ran slip past their watchful eye. To our taste buds, Hakushu Distiller's Reserve Japanese Whisky drinks like an average age of about 10 years of their award winning dram. Senpai!

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In recent years Japanese Whiskies have won a number of top prizes at the World Whisky Awards and have consistently scored higher than Scotch Whiskies in blind tastings.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Colour
Pale Gold.   
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Mint and pine, with wet grass and citrus and just a pinch of smoke.  
 
Flavour / Taste / Palate
Vanilla, honey, and blackstrap. 
 
Finish 
Long, and a hint of toasted wood. 

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Ratings & Reviews
Bruno
Bruno,
Amazing whisky with fresh new flavors than bring a brand new dimension to whisky. Recommend avidly for someone looking for new experience with whisky!
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Very strong citrus flavor, low in peat taste. Tastes like scotch and a sweet whiskey were blended together. Not bad for what it is, but not great if you want a scotch.
 
Ricardo
Ricardo,
Outstanding ,One of the smoothest whiskeys I have ever tasted a must try
 
Danny
Danny,
Got a lot of citrus. Not bad but not really my taste.
 
Joe
Joe,
Nice common flavored single malt.
 
Glenn
Glenn,
Average. Light. A little smokey.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is an outstanding, intense, single malt whisky, a no-age-expression with a long & fruity finish
 
Roy
Roy,
Like it nice after taste.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
The Japanese have got it going on! I will definitely be on the lookout for this bottle. This is a bold whiskey with spice and bit more bite. I would liken it to the spiciness of Talisker, but with an American whiskey mix.
 
Steve
Steve,
Smooth. Lively finish. Smokey nose with a nice vanilla top note.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Smooth and slightly smoked with a spicy finish.
 
Jason
Jason,
Nice smokey taste with an aftertaste of apple left on the pallet. Definite fruit to the nose. Quite smooth - very tasty.
 
Paul
Paul,
Lovely!!!
 
Mark
Mark,
Very nice notes
 
Tom
Tom,
Sensational Japanese Whisky. Gives some Islay whisky a run for their money.
 
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