Hakushu distillery, founded in 1973 at the foot of Mount Kaikomagatake, is a Japanese whiskey giant. suntoryIt is within the . Located in a magnificent forest, Hakushu is also known as the "Forest Distillery".
Hakushu Distiller's Reserve is aged in American oak barrels carefully selected by Shinji Fukuyo. The expression, which is estimated to contain the youngest 8-year-old malt, is bottled with an alcohol grade of without a year indication.
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Hakushu Distiller's Reserve (Japanese Single Malt, abv)
Nose: With the first sniff, fruity and floral scents are evident. The scents of green apple, lemon, pine and freshly cut grass are accompanied by very light oak. Quite elegant and soft.
Palate: As on the nose, the green apple is quite distinctive. Green apple, citrus and oak flavors are accompanied by ginger and very slightly burnt flavors. The sting of alcohol is felt, but never bothered.
Finish: The fruity character that starts on the nose and continues on the palate is also effective in the finish. Green apple, pine, oak and very light soot.
Overall: I had the chance to taste Hakushu Distiller's Reserve, which I first tasted in 2017, and when I realized that I had not written the tasting notes, I immediately sat down at my computer. Although it is a whiskey that I can describe as "elegant and soft", don't let this mislead you. Although it looks a little young on the palate, it is a delightful Japanese malt with a green fruit character and a light soot touch.
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