In 2017 I had the Hakushu 12 YO at the Bar in Hotel Spreeblick in Germany and now I had the opportunity to taste the 18 YO at a whisky festival here in Denmark.
In my opinion many Japanese whiskies are very like Scotch and that can for me be a little disappointing thinking of the price of Japanese whisky.
Only little amounts of the Japanese whisky hit the European markets and that has to raise the prices.
When all that negative is said I also have to say they make some delicious whisky in Japan.
The 18 YO from the Forest distillery Hakushu is one of the lovely Japanese whiskies I have enjoyed.
The settings where you sip your whisky, have a large influence on what you think of it and I am trying to be objective when giving my thoughts on this one.
Let my give you a picture of the experience I had at the whisky festival: People chating al around, live music, everything was in a large tent, the smell of frying sausages, dust from the pavement and spilt beer. Not the ideal place to really get your tasting notes in place, but it was a party and people enjoyed themselves.
If I get the chance again I will have another go at this lovely whisky. Kanpai 🥃
𝙉𝙖𝙢𝙚: 18 Years Old
𝙏𝙮𝙥𝙚: Single Malt
𝘼𝙜𝙚: 18 Years old
𝘼𝙡𝙘 %: 43
𝘾𝙖𝙨𝙠𝙨: Maybe; Ex-Bourbon and Ex-Sherry
𝙉𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙘𝙤𝙡𝙤𝙪𝙧: ?
𝘿𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣: ?
𝘽𝙤𝙩𝙩𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣: ?
𝙇𝙞𝙢𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙙: Could be hard to find. Japan are low on stock, but it is their core range.
🅼🆈 🆃🅰🆂🆃🅸🅽🅶 🅽🅾🆃🅴🆂
👃: Oranges, pear, sweet, a touch of smoke
👄: Floral, earthy, Tropical fruits, honey, some soft peat smoke, heather and a little raisin
😋: Medium to long, oily, maybe a little cinnamon
The Japanese whisky industry keep their production methods close to secret so not to many information on numbers, casks and so on – But maybe that is okay, after all it is whisky to be enjoyed whether it is made in one way or another 🙂
𝙄 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙠𝙮: 🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃 (5/6)
🅼🆈 🆁🅰🆃🅸🅽🅶 🆂🆈🆂🆃🅴🅼
🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃 – 𝙀𝙭𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙧𝙮 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙠𝙮 – 𝙙𝙚𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙮 𝙖 𝙠𝙚𝙚𝙥𝙚𝙧
🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃 – 𝘼 𝙗𝙚𝙖𝙪𝙩𝙞𝙛𝙪𝙡 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙠𝙮 – 𝙊𝙣𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙛
🥃🥃🥃🥃 – 𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙄 𝙙𝙤𝙣’𝙩 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙠 – 𝙈𝙮 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝙙𝙧𝙖𝙢 𝙢𝙖𝙮𝙗𝙚
🥃🥃🥃 – 𝙉𝙤𝙩 𝙗𝙖𝙙 – 𝙄’𝙡𝙡 𝙙𝙤 𝙞𝙩 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙙𝙖𝙮
🥃🥃 – 𝙄𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙛𝙪𝙣 𝙩𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙄 𝙢𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙙𝙤 𝙞𝙩 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣
🥃 – 𝙇𝙚𝙩’𝙨 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙨𝙖𝙮 𝙄 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙩