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Suntory Hakushu 12 Year Old

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@UisgeJonReview by @UisgeJon

4th Jan 2013


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
  • Overall

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Following the Yamakazi, I had this, continuing my introduction to Japanese Whisky.

Nose: To me, another light nose. The front end of this is heavy on the smoke and peat, which quickly gives way to florals, sweetness, honey. Interesting... almost like two completely different drams between the front and the back of this nose.

Palate: Very interesting and divided. More smoke, more florals, notes of cherry, smoke again, and then finishes with a savory note. A lot of good flavors, but it just feels divided, like it couldn't make up it's mind for what it's supposed to be. Good flavors, but I'm not a fan of how divided it is. The smoke feels unnecessary, and a little half-hazard.

Finish: Sweet, very one dimensional and a tad short for my liking. It kind of just disappears and is a bit disappointing.

Not thrilled with this dram, but it will be interesting to see how these spirits progress with time. I'm glad I have it a try! Always good to try something new.

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