This rare release of 18-year single malt from Suntory's single malt distillery in the south of Japan turns all of the fresh green orchard fruit and gentle smoke into a richer, sweeter, more luxurious expression full of elegance and balance. Very limited.
You'd think that all the Suntory Japanese whiskies would need no introduction, but I should rescind that statement. The giant outfit responsible for the acclaimed Hibiki and Yamazaki whiskies, produces another world class spirit, Hakushu, from the distillery of the same name.
Different than the the other two, it is a peated style that balances a pretty, spiced nose and a palate of rich cooked fruit. I also love the soft texture and mouthfeel. Japanese water is much less mineral driven than American or UK water. This lends an ease of sipping intermingled with peat and 40%ABV.
It's as if you took a peach and barbecued it till it turned black and crispy. It's now savory and maderized, but somewhere the fruit manages to show its face in a different light.
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