A massive step up in quality from the standard Hakushu 12 yrs, this 18yo is amazingly well-defined (as we've come to expect from Japanese whisky) with deliciously rounded fruit and cereal flavours, at times surprisingly reminiscent of the finest Irish potstill whisky (eg Redbreast 15yo).
NOSE - Ripe pear, dried mint, oregano and hint of smoke.
TASTE - Jasmine, mango, quince and menthol.
FINISH - Long, pleasantly smoked and hint of bitterness.
43% ABV 700ml