Bought: Sainsbury’s, 24th February 2015
82.54/100 – Whiskybase (average from 91 member votes)
This bottling by Hakushu is too new to be included in the Whisky Bible 2015 but, of the 11 bottles which get reviewed from the Hakushu distillery, non score less than 91/100, which classifies them as ‘brilliant’. Clearly Jim Murray, author of the bible, is impressed with the output from this Japanese company. Known as ‘the mountain forest distillery’ Hakushu was founded in 1973, deep in the forest of Japan’s Southern Alps. Its location sounds quite idyllic!
At the heart of this NAS (non-age statement) single malt is what the distillery refer to as their ‘young talent’, which other sources say is whisky younger than 10 years. This is lightly peated, which they mix with a second ‘heavily peated’ malt. The final ingredient is a whisky matured for approximately 18 years in American white oak casks to add depth and body.
The rating on Whiskybase is very good, with one reviewer summarising with “a very affordable and quaffable Japanese dram.” It can be purchased in one or two superstores here in the UK for £42 and has achieved between £35-£90 at auction.
Here’s Ashton Cartwright with his review on You Tube (May 2015):