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Hakushu is relatively young distillery, founded in 1973. It was not bottled as single malt until 1984. This 10 Year Old is the entry level malt of this distillery, whose name means ‘white sandbank’, after the white mud left by Ojira and Jingu rivers, from which the distillery takes its water.
The nose is sweet and fruity on vanilla and white appels (peelings included) and a lot of grain. Maybe even some lemon grass. The whole is light, inviting and a bit too well manered.
The attack is very weak. Light and almost watery. Lemon grass returns, with honey and liquorice, very lightly peated. Some spices. Midpalate it becomes a little less flat and emphasizes on caramel and the fruit. Sweet, I will give it that.
The finish is short to medium in length and somewhat drying.
This Japanese whisky is OK, but does not really impress. Around 40 EUR.