A perennial favourite and a must-try for anyone interested in discovering Japanese whisky. Hakushu is owned by Suntory, founders of the first Japanese distillery, Yamazaki. The original Hakushu distillery was built in 1973, with another distillery building called Hakushu Higashi (west) added in 1981.
Hakushu 12 Year Old
Hakushu means white sand banks named after the mineral deposits in the stream that feeds the distillery.
A floral nose, slightly smoky, with some brine. Huge flavour in the mouth, toffee, fruit and peat smoke. The finish is medium, smoky, with drying notes of oak.
IWSC 2009 Gold - Best in Class