The less well-known of Suntoryís distilleries, Hakushu is Japanís equivalent of a Scottish highland style, with earthy and leafy notes among the peat and fruit. Hakushu is a huge distillery, built to satisfy an increasing demand for whisky among the Japanese white collar workers in the 1970s. It has actually only been producing single malts since 1994 but Boy was it worth the wait. This bourbon barrel expression is simply stunning. I could try and describe to you why, but we think itís better if you drink it for yourself and find out.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Like a forest floor. Earthy, peaty. Sweet chestnut. Slightly rummy. Poached pears.
Palate: Earthy and spicy at first before the bourbon influence kicks in, introducing dark chocolate, ginger and butterscotch. The spice and vanilla remain through to the end.
Retails for around £100+