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The Hakushu 12 years old

The Hakushu 12 years old


Herbal single malt.

My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
(85 points)


Today I decided to go back to Japan and reach for The Hakushu 12 years old (about The Hakushu Single Cask I wrote here). The bottle I bought in Tokyo, in Liquors Hasegawa. The coolest whisky store I’ve been to. In addition, of course, to a large selection of spirits, there was the opportunity to taste most of them for a small fee. I remember that I tried there Ardbeg Uigeadail and Ichiro’s Malt matured in Japanese red wine casks.
The Hakushu 12 years old is chill filtered and probably slightly colored, 43% ABV.

The Hakushu 12 years old

The Hakushu 12 years old

N: sniffing in the bottle very herbal and quite green – freshly cut grass and hay, in a glass these experiences still persist, there is something like milk chocolate and raisins, anise, then citrus tones are emerging with a predominance of orange, in the distance you can sense a bit of peat and smoke – nicely balanced nose, everything is just right,

T: clearly perceptible pepper, a lot of fruit with a predominance of grapefruit, but with traces of plum and even nuts, also in dark chocolate, then herbs, light bitterness and a touch of peat, also pleasant tones of oak are noticeable,

F: quite long with a hint of oak bitterness, traces of peat and herbs.

Score: 85.

The Hakushu 12 years old

The Hakushu 12 years old

Nicely balanced single malt, in the smell and also in the taste. It offers interesting tasting qualities like herbs, they are kept on a gentle level and don’t impose themselves. I like that.

The Hakushu 12 years old

The Hakushu 12 years old

The Hakushu 12 years old

The Hakushu 12 years old

Comments (2)

  1. Jan Ziuzia

    26 January 2014 / 12:46

    😉 rozumiem,ze fakt filtrowania na zimno i lekkie zabarwienie karmelem powoduje odjecie paru punktow?Mam ta whisky w swoim barku i zgadzam sie z nota zapachowo-smakowa.Lagodny malt lecz nie pozbawiony przyjemnych wrazen.Dla mnie zaskoczeniem byla wyczuwalna dymnosc/torfowosc w otoczeniu nut owocow cytrusowych.Ciekawe i zaskakujace polaczenie.Troszke odstrasza cena jak za 12-letnia whisky ale zdecydowanie warto sprobowac.ehhhhh panie Łukaszu,poleci pan cos mocno dymno-torfowego,finiszowanego w beczkach po sherry?

    • LukLovesWhisky

      27 January 2014 / 18:32

      Witam, witam. Punktacja oczywiście ma charakter czysto subiektywny. Filtracja i barwienie nie odbierają bezpośrednio punktów, ale z drugiej strony może byłoby ich więcej gdyby whisky pozostawiona była w stanie naturalnym. Oczywiście musiałbym jej takiej spróbować. 🙂 Cieszę się, że mamy podobne skojarzenia degustacyjne, co do The Hakushu 12 yo. Cena rzeczywiście zbyt wysoka, niestety. W następnym poście napiszę o czymś torfowym i z tego co pamiętam leżakującym też w beczkach po sherry. Pozdrawiam.


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