Hakushu Distillery belongs to the Japanese giant in drinks industry - Suntory..
Suntory was founded in 1899 by Shinjiro Torii and was named as today in 1963. In 1923 roku, in the area of Osaka and Kyoto its first single malt distillery – Yamazaki Distillery was established. Due to the growing demand for whisky in 1973 Hakushu Distillery was built. Our today’s guest comes right from that place. Outside of Japan, Suntory owns such whisky brands as Bowmore, Auchentoshan, Glen Garioch. Suntory produces almost everything that is drinkable, in addition to beer, tea or coffee I had the opportunity to try their soups and cucumber juice.
On a recent visit to Tokyo I visited one of the best equipped in the whisky shop – Isetan Shinjuku. There, Hakushu Single Cask Whisky has been waiting for me.
Distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2012, matured in a hogshead cask No. CL 40182. Single malt was bottled natural color, un-chillfiltered and 58% ABV, my bottle No. 238.
Lets fill the glass.
N: typical Japanese nose, Christmas cake, soaked raisins, almonds, slightly sweet, with the addition of water – there are tones of wood, light peat, dried apricots are emerging, with a little more water – soft peat comes out, it’s getting fresh, with a little of vanilla;
T: spicy, ripe fruits – red grapes, when you add a bit of water – spicyness is getting milder, taste of ripe fruits gets rounder and deeper, with a little more water – you get more fruits, the taste becomes refreshing;
F: medium to long with tones of wood, intensified by the addition of water.