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A fantastic 18 year old Japanese whisky from the Hakushu distillery, a malty, fruity whisky of real quality.
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.
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I never really rated Hakushu 12. It was decent but a bit harsh and no where near as harmonious as say a Hibiki or a Taketsuru.. This made the 18 a revelation! Smooth and caremelly with a fruity nose, it was an absolute delight. However, once my ice melted into it sub stantially, the nose went off and chemical notes started coming in. Thus only 4 stars
15th November 2015
While I dont think it is as great as many make it out to be this is a really nice whisky
24th April 2015
...I really think so.More and more I discover these wonderful Japanese whiskies, after a disastrous tasting of a Yoichi in Scotland last year. I am now convinced that was an unfortunate one-off, as everything I've sampled recently has been a revelation. This is sharp, fresh, lingering sweetness, apples, pears, and fresh cut flowers. Just gorgeous, clean and deeply tasty. Recommended.
21st January 2015
Goes straight up to my top 10 list... Every Whiskylover should try this one!
10th November 2014
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