Hakushu Distillers Reserve
I've seen this Hakushu Distillers Edition in my local Sainsburys along with the Yamazaki Distillers Edition and never picked up either so on a recent sample swap with Johnnie Stumbler (@johnniestumbler) from the Nosing Arse blog when the opportunity to try it arose I jumped at it.
Most Japanese whiskies that I've tried have been very drinkable, it does seem to be that the producers in Japan are managing to produce consistently good products and I hope this is another one.
Tasty stuff, lots of old fashioned boiled sweets, juicy fruit chewing gum, and lots of gentle woody notes this is tasty stuff with some peppery spicy notes that add a balance to the flavours, nice dram and one I'm going to pick up a bottle of.
Thanks again to Johnnie (@johnniestumbler) for the sample.
Sweet initially, old fashioned pear drop sweets, juicy fruit chewing gum, with a tang of acetone, beeswax and furniture polish, barley sugars and light syrup, light oaky woody notes also with maple syrup and tree sap.
Oak wood sap comes first with slight tangs of gentle wood spices on the tongue, gentle fruit sugary sweets like pear drops and barley sugar, a touch of crushed almonds and ground black pepper.
Peppery, sweet woody oak
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