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From the Hakushu distillery in the foothills of Mount Kaikomagatake comes their Distiller's Reserve single malt whisky, a no-age-statement expression, that captures the smoky, herbaceous characteristics of their whiskies. Both lightly-peated and heavily-peated malts were used for this complex and deeply enjoyable whisky. One of two Spring 2014 release from Suntory.
Nose: The herbs are very up front with this one. Peppermint, pine and pleasant grassy notes. Cucumber and melon round out the nose.
Palate: All the notes on the nose swim effortlessly through the palate, the mint developing sweeter notes as it goes on. Citrus zest also pops in to say hello.
Finish: A waft of smoke appears during the long finish.
Overall: This shall make a fantastic Highball. Oh yes it shall.
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Brilliant single malt whisky. Right up there with the best scotch you can buy if not better.
23rd March 2017
This is such a beautiful, delicate and satisfying whisky. I've offered this to many people who think they don't like whisky and they've really enjoyed it.One of my all time favourites due to it's subtly & distinctiveness. I've got a cupboard full of bottles but my wife can identify this without any help.
28th January 2017
This whisky is up there at the top of my list for value for money and excellent taste so smooth from start to finish
5th January 2017
Harsher start smooth finish
15th October 2016
A refreshing alternative single malt, a must have for those warm summer evening's. The crisp fruity notes refresh
12th June 2016
Un des meilleurs scotch que j'ai bu! Seul problème non disponible au Canada.
2nd June 2016
Having tried both the Distiller's Reserve and the Hakushu 12, I would say that your money is better spent on this expression. Further evidence that age statements aren't necessarily the 'best'...This a really pleasant and enjoyable whisky, and if you tend to prefer mellower flavours (or are averse to peat) then this will be right down your street. It's still got plenty of sophistication and complexity, mind you: just in subtler areas. I'd say that it's perfect for drinking in warmer weather. Lovely stuff.
24th May 2016
This whisky was so good I drank two thirds of the bottle in one night (very unlike me), woke up the next morning with a raging hangover and now I can't touch the stuff.Would definitely recommend to anyone who has never had a Japanese whisky but doesn't have the budget for a Yamazaki or the 12 YO, different to any scotch/irish/other single malt. It's also probably worth splashing out on even if it's slightly outside your usual budget (like it was mine) as I can't think of a single scotch in this price range which beats it.
10th April 2016
Compared to Yamazaki I would still prefer that though.. you can feel the booze in this bottle a little to much.
17th February 2016
22nd January 2016
Terrible sharpness. I'm not a whisky drinker normally but have recently had some single malts from Scotland. They've been "smooth". This is rough
8th September 2015
This great Japanese single malt is full of all things green on both the nose and palate. Green fruits, herbs, mint, melon and cucumber abound. The nose is a delightful green medley of more things than I can easily discern. It's utterly mouthwatering on the tongue and any smoke is very light and not easy to detect. Not cheap by any means but a great entry level Japanese single malt. Highly recommended.
24th July 2015
The chill from the Japanese alps, a shy taste of smoke. Great!
29th April 2015
This whisky is light, smooth, and mellow, with all the attributes of a Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or (honey/lemon) on the palate, but with a subtle smokey finish. Delightful!
3rd April 2015
...with some delicate and very unusual fruit flavours that you just don't find in a Scotch malt coming through at the end, possibly as a result of the Mizunara oak. And whilst it's not exactly Ardbeg, if the reviewer below can't detect the peat (or the fruit, for that matter) he needs his tastebuds examined, and if anyone thinks this is too sweet I can only guess that they've never tasted a Speyside or sherried whisky before. I'm guessing restraint and subtlety just aren't his things.
21st February 2015
Nearing the end of the bottle (shows how easy it is to drink) but I wont buy again. ZERO green notes, citrus/ cucumber etc, ZERO Peat. What there is in abundance is coconut ice, maple syrup fudge, golden syrup - its just too sugary for me. Says it all when M.O.M conclude their tasteing notes suggesting it would make a greta highball.
13th February 2015
Entry level (8 yrs?) malt - so there is an edge to it and very little complexity. Dont believe any of the marketing-speak about 'green herbs' 'yuzu' or 'Cucumber' - but maybe, perhaps there is smoke on the finish if you imagine really hard.The reality is it's an excellent drinking whiskey, a well deserved glass in the evening. And maybe another glass after that. Thoroughly enjoyable.
28th January 2015
Think of a bath of hot water to soak in. Some you lower yourself gently into as you need to get used to it before you enjoy it. You know the style 2/3 tastes maybe more. The you go Haaaaaaaa nice.This is a single malt that has already been checked tested and you just get in there and soak from the 1st sip to getting out clean and refreshed.It's Japanese precision. Personally no hidden corners, no shocks, no surprises.However don't get me wrong it's comfort incarnate. Favourite film,slippers and music score.
25th December 2014
A good alternative to the 12 year old, this can be had for as little as €20-25 if you search out alternative off-licences and suburban department stores in Tokyo and its environs. Quite an accomplished whisky for the price and perhaps even a little less ubiquitous than its bigger and more expensive 12 year old brother.
15th December 2014
Perfectly described, seriously good drop.Very easy to get stuck into.The peat delicately arrives after lashings of mint and melon, mmmmmSteve McGiff....Cornwall..
24th November 2014