Country Japanese Whisky
Distillery/Brand Hakushu
Style Single Malt Whisky

Hakushu 12 YO 43.5%

A 12 year old single malty from Suntory. The Hakushu distillery sits in the forests not far from the Japanese Alps.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose Light and crisp with fresh notes of cut hay and sweet mixed peels, a little hazelnut and barley malt.

Palate Clean with notes of cut fruits, gentle barley malt and smoke. A floral character with citrus zest.

Finish Sweet and spicy.

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Reviews for Hakushu 12 Year Old 43.5%
The Green Tea of Japanese Whisky
Fresh mint, green tea, a fresh breeze in the shade on a sunny day. That's what I get from this one. Super unique. Delicate. Haiku in a glass. One of my favorite Japanese whiskys and I've tried most of them.
Master of Malt Customer
8 years ago
Subtle, balanced
Hakushu is a peated Japanese whiskey made from a non-peated and a heavily peated malt. The result is a whiskey with a fine balance of earthy flavors and smoke, without a heavy taste of phenols or the more iodine flavors found in Islay whiskeys. Despite being filtered with charcoal and bamboo filters, the spirit has very little bourbon or charcoal flavors in it. Very sweet, very refined, with little acidity and a lower alcohol content than is typical of peated whiskeys. Flavors of lemon, smoke, green tea, and a salinity which reminds me of soy sauces and teriyaki flavors; there's a flavor of pine or pine needles, and the taste of how autumn leaves smell. There's also something in the center of the palate that reminds me very much of Suntory's blended Hibiki, which uses both the Hakushu and Yamazaki malts - it's a sourness, and a peated flavor which is distinct in Suntory's blends, and absolutely delicious.

Balance of sour and sweet flavors, tempered with the smoky and earthy quality. Color is desirably dark without being obviously altered by caramel e150 - though to my knowledge, there is caramel coloring in this whiskey. Overall, would highly recommend this malt if you're looking for a great summer whiskey to be enjoyed on the rocks or as a highball. While some of the flavor profile completely disappears with the presence of water, the smokiness and more pine flavors are retained and become prominent in the malt, making it a highly refreshing spirit for warmer days.
Master of Malt Customer
9 years ago
Michael "Olaf" Kappele
very smooth, exactly what the review said, i treated as a Good 12yr Scotch, was not dissapointed, i work in a liquor store in Ohio, i will recommend this to others, damn nice job,
Michael K , United States
9 years ago
patchma 56
I agree it's sweet-- a little smoke but I don't get any peat----- a lot of people will like this one--- I think it's closer to an Irish taste then a Scotch--- or for it's own merits a Japanese whiskey ---a higher than 43 percenter may help it ---- I describe this as a non offensive drink that would be never need water--- because it's made smooth to please the mass--- a blend from the same distillery and almost blended into a sweet surprise your drinking alcohol drink/--
Master of Malt Customer
9 years ago
Sweet, smooth goodness
This is a sweet and smooth whisky with gentle, easy notes. Easy sipping. No water needed. Love it.
Master of Malt Customer
10 years ago
Hate to disagree....
This "Whiskey" was far too sweet! I felt it had notes similar to sake. Not a bad response, however terrible when you expect whiskey. There are fine Japanese single malts out there. this one just isn't one of them.
Master of Malt Customer
10 years ago
Good stuff!
Light peat and smoke throughout. Nose like a rum raising ice cream, rick and peaty on the palate with a candied finish.
Master of Malt Customer
10 years ago
best 12 yo out there?
this is an outstanding 12 yo whisky. I think the description by the chaps of Master of Malt explains the character of this whisky very well. Its fresh, crisp character with notes of freshly cut hay makes it something really special. An absolute pleasure to drink imo. I love it and would probably go as far as to say it's the best 12 yo whisky I have had the pleasure of drinking (and I have tried a few)
Master of Malt Customer
11 years ago
had a bottle of this fine whisky over the xmas period and i must say it didn't last to long,it was very fresh in the mouth and so very drinkable,its the perfect drink for any medium bodyed cuban cigar. d
Master of Malt Customer
14 years ago