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.
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.
Hate to disagree....
Sweet, smooth goodness
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/--
8th January 2015
This is a sweet and smooth whisky with gentle, easy notes. Easy sipping. No water needed. Love it.
24th February 2014
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.
31st December 2013
Light peat and smoke throughout. Nose like a rum raising ice cream, rick and peaty on the palate with a candied finish.
27th June 2013
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)