Insider knowledge: Hakushu 18 Year Old whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Japan. If distilled in America the spelling would be Hakushu 18 Year Old whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Orange, pear and a dry smokiness. Fruit salad.
Palate: Patisserie sweet, baked goods and baked goodness!
Finish: Long and fruity with Manuka honey with subtle smokiness.
Overall: A fantastic Japanese whisky that hits all the right notes.
I've had this on my purchase list for a long time and once it came back in stock I jumped on it. I'm a massive fan of Japanese whisky, having had pretty much every mainstream bottling on offer, and a big fan of the 12yo Hakushu (probably my favourite). I found this a little underwhelming really. It's much more complex than the 12 as you would expect and the oak is just about right but it lacks balance and the finish just isn't as good as the 12. It seems that the best parts of the 12 have been lost with the extra years and the vibrancy and dance you get from the 12 Hakushu just isn't there. Glad I bought one but I would chose the 12 over this in a heartbeat....which makes me a little sad inside.
23rd December 2013