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.
Colour: Light straw.
Nose: Fresh green apple skins intermingled with light smoke along with fresh hay and malt notes and a dash of cream. Herb notes with touches of melon and cucumber.
Palate: Creamy with a pinch of spices and grassy sweetness, hints of citrus.
Finish: Fresh and long with a light smoky zestiness and a fair amount of spice.
Water: Not needed.
Thoughts: Similar to Yamazaki this is an easy step from Scotch to Japanese as it’ll be very familiar. It’s lightly peated and good quality, all at a good price! 86.
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Thanks to Suntory for the sample.