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Hakushu 12 Year Old

(70cl, 43.0%)
Hakushu 12 Year Old
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(15 Reviews)
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Hakushu 12 Year Old Bottling Note

This whisky hails from the Japanese distillery of Hakushu set in a forest and was once twice the size with an east and west distillery on the site.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Toasted barley, seed & nut loaf, chopped almonds and a little bit of barrel char. Hints of milk chocolate and dried grass bring sweetness.

Palate: Much more fruit on the palate, but it's but no means a sweet whisky. Still rich, herbaceous and grassy, with a waft of smoke along the way.

Finish: Quite short, though enjoyable with orange peel and a touch of minerals.

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User Reviews of the Hakushu 12 Year Old


Too expensive and it doesn't feel like a 12 yo at all. Get a Bowmore 12 instead. Half the price and you get a well rounded whisky that doesn't taste like alcohol. I have tried plenty of Japanese whisky and this one of the worst.

13th September 2015


Fantastic...but with ice! Its Only then the flavors explode.......

16th August 2015


I received three bottles of the 12 year Hakushu. One of the best gifts I've received by far when it comes to whiskey.

15th August 2015

great taste

its sweet with less burn than yamazaki 12. great 12yr and an alternative to yamazaki 12 if u want the same taste with less bite

27th July 2015

Great Whiskey

I received three bottles of the 12 year old Hakushu and was hesitant on opening it up. it was one of the best decisions I've made.

23rd July 2015

Loved it!

I was a little hesitant when I bought this due to the mixed reviews. I have absolutely no regrets after taking my first sip. It is smokey but light enough to drink without adding any water. It grows on you. The taste & smell gets better with each sip.

31st May 2015

Suntory has done it again.

A very fresh whiskey, little gras, gently smoky, with water the tastes comes through and you can almost feel the Alp air.
No Scot comes even close. Sorry.

8th May 2015

Fresh and teriffic

This is all beach-grass with a bonfire off in the distance. Wish I had a Yamazaki to taste against, but on its own, just terrific. No sherry cloying, smoke only the very faintest, none of the "whiskey distillery" taste that you get in even the lightest Oban and Scapa scotches. Seriously, it's all a day at a secluded beach. Really like nothing I've ever had before. Underappreciated IMO. It's $65 in Texas and well worth it. At $110 I'd still even consider it, just for its simplicity and uniqueness.

20th April 2015


I drank this with Glenlivet 12, Glenfiddich 12 and the winner was Hakushu 12. Cant beleve that this guy s age is only 12 OMG

25th March 2015


I don't believe it! Upon opening the bottle and pouring, two comments from about the room were to the effect "what stinks"? Not only does it have a strong odor, but also really a lot of bite. Might be better at 40% (80 Proof).
Texas Single Malt Whisky and inexpensive single malt Irish and Scotch are much more enjoyable.

23rd December 2014


It was a long time ago since I had a really new experience in the malt World....
Just trye it and enjoy!

10th August 2014

great intro to Japanese Whiskey

Brand new to Japanese Whiskey, but a lover of both Irish and Scotch Whiskey, this is very good whiskey. I agree with above review, I would have thought this whiskey would run more than it is. Very good, as mention NO water needed with. Thumbs UP...

6th March 2014

How much?

After trying this in a restaurant at the weekend, I genuinely thought this was a whisky worth £100 or more. £55 is a bargain. I can tell you that this whisky compares excellently with the smoother peaty expressions from Islay or Campbeltown. The smell alone is worth the entry fee.

24th February 2014

Sweet, smooth goodness

This is a sweet and smooth whisky with gentle, easy notes. Easy sipping. No water needed. Love it.

24th February 2014

what a 12yo!

What a cracking little malt this is. Very fresh and crisp, the smoke is very subtle and comes to the fore over the time of the drink - it builds and builds but is light and really compliments the lightness of the drink. Lovely thick mouthfeel, and medium finish which is sweet. This is now my top summer whisky and possibly the best 12 year old I've ever had. Complexity of a malt much, much old...maybe up there with 18yo's

15th May 2013

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