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Suntory Hakushu 12 Year Old

Expensive but Great

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JReview by @Jason0142

9th Jul 2012


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So its uni holidays and I've ventured down to the good town of Melbourne for some solid R&R. After conquering an entire bottle of JD Tennessee Honey and a Japanese bar which's lavatory featured relieving one-self upon a picture of an animated beauty (anime lady O.o). On this fine night my good friend MarkMD (who as of yet does not have a connosr account) joins me in a review of a fine Japanese whisky he picked up from Japan on holiday after graduating from undergrad med-science.

Nose: malt sweetness, some honey, sea salt, kippers, some apples and citrus notes, peat not of the Islay kind but gentle like a campfire, some banana peel, some hints of vanilla from the oak.

Palate: peppery, citrus fruit (types apple mostly), some banana again, good sweet malted barley, nice seaside salt, gentel peat and smoke, some floral notes, hints of vanilla and oak.

Finish: finishes with some oak, citrus is still strong, gentle peat and smoke, slightly salty, nice malt and cerial grains.

Guest appearance - MarkMD

Nose: a bit of gentle peat, sweetness of from honey (I just drank a fair bit of JD honey) and bananas

Entry: soft entry, not too much alcohol burn to describe here. We get a glimpse of the peat and sweetness from the nose.

Palate: Chewing through the nip gives citrus sweetness and the peat starting to come through. Notes of pepper are very tangible here, there is also mention of a childhood trip to the seaside - saltiness.

Finish: Pepper and spice dominate the swallow. We get a taste of some citrus fruits and then we are left with a bit of smoke. The dram leads to serious salivation after swallowing. Very satisfying.


Hope you liked the review and guest review. If you get the chance to try some Japanese whisky you should give yourself the pleasure to do so. It is really good and well made, the only downside is that it can be insanely expensive.

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