On Sakurajima volcano.
After a relation from the visit to the Chichibu Distillery, let’s stay for a moment in Japan. This time we will go to the south to the island of Kyushu, to the active volcano Sakurajima approx. 1117 m above sea level, located in the neighborhood of Kagoshima city.
It was there that I made my tasting of the latest product from Hakushu, NAS (no age statement) version, bottled with 43% ABV. I’ve tried it in the Yamazaki Distillery, owned by to the same company – Suntory. There are also Hakushu 12 years old and Hakushu Single Cask on the blog.
N: typical Japanese, sweet, biscuity, raisiny with green apples and pears, slightly herbal, with vanilla, deeper and with a time I have a little of smoke and it is not the smoke from the volcano 😉
T: sparks on the tongue, but it does not irritate with the taste of alcohol, that’s good; sweet, biscuity, after a while almost ripe citruses arrive, orange and mandarin, a touch of figs, occasional delicate traces of peat;
F: rather short with traces of orange and vanilla.
Hakushu is very nice and fairly quiet, without implying. In Japan, it is mainly drink with lots of ice, but of course, it is well suited to be enjoyed in its pure form. The next day, I felt it a little ashy, but this time it was clearly from Sakurajima.