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Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve

(70cl, 43%)

Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve

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Hakushu Reserve Bottling Note

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.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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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Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve Reviews

No Age Statement, No Problem

Tasting notes lined up nicely with my experience:
Nose - I got peppermint, grass, and pine needles.
Palate - Herbacious, slightly resinous, cucumber and mint with the former fading quickly and the latter hanging in longer.
Finish - Long with slight smoke, woody to me rather than peat fire.

Overall quite to my liking.

4th December 2022


Absolutely delicious. 'Like swallowing a spectrum' (Anthony Blanche in *Brideshead Revisited*). Beats even the best Scotch, oh dear.

20th March 2022

An a absolute legend

Yes yes there is better but keep in mind that this is a young whiskey.
For this kind of age it's mind-blowing how much complexity and subtility it combines.
It feels like this first real spring day of the year that gives you hope. There's just a hint of the beauty in it and the rest is imagination.

I got to discover it a decade ago when it was still 20-30$ a bottle, for the actual price it sure is a disappointment

15th January 2022


As if on a rainy day we were walking around on a carpet of moss in a dense pine forest, with ferns and heather with a running stream in the background where we suddenly found a fruit stall with yellow peaches, pears and honeydew melon.

A light peat combined with moist forest floor, bamboo, grass, but more warm than bitter and a pinch of anise and tarragon.

A long aftertaste, where the peat comes out more with intense notes of green tea.

Very tasty, you get hungry to make this forest walk again after every sip.

8th October 2021

Simply superb

Loved it. We're on our 2nd bottle, complete fan.

10th September 2021

An 8 yo Glenfiddich in a nice bottle.

Yep Apple, floral notes and thin. Made in a forest in Japan and expensive, I have tried to like it, but lacks age, quality and value. Nice label and box.

25th April 2021

A must buy for your self or others if you wish them an amazing drink

Although the bottle was not for myself I had chance to try it as it was opened it's pleasantly stronger and deeper in taste and mouthfeel compared to the suntory Toki more of an emphasis on barrel spice but still maintaining the floral notes. Beautiful bottle and I will be getting myself a bottle when it is back in stock

21st February 2021

Really good! Would buy again!

Hakushu Distiller's Reserve Single Malt - (On The Nose) fruity, melon, pear, grapefruit, apple, mint/ pine, very fresh but smooth, sweetness. (Palate) fruity, sweet, melon, herbal, citrus, fresh

18th February 2021

One of the best Japanese single malts


14th December 2020

There is delicate and there is delicate.

Nose: Light summer harvest...sweet breakfast fruit.

Palate: Spice bombing…eye watering.

After: Short but repeating minty.

1st December 2020

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