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Suntory Hakushu 1981 21 Years SMWS 120.1

Very uncommon and intellectual

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@WhiskyNotesReview by @WhiskyNotes

26th Mar 2010


Suntory Hakushu 1981 21 Years SMWS 120.1
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Nose: where do I start… the nutmeg maybe, which is quite big. A lot of sawdust as well, and cigar boxes. Roasted nuts and coffee beans. Quite a toasted profile overall. Damp moss and ferns. A bit of caramel. After a while, there are hints of fruits and ginger. Very unique but not for beginners.

Mouth: very woody. Very powerful of course, and a tad alcoholic. Let’s add water right away. Still very oaky with added notes of mint. Roasted almonds? A hint of burnt vanilla. Coriander. Getting spicy with pepper and ginger. A bit extreme.

Finish: spicy and oaky.

You’ll love this one or simply hate it because of the heavy oak and the toasted / burnt notes. I like it, but it’s not an everyday dram.

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scribe commented

This sounds amazing. Don't think I've ever been let down by a Hakushu... Is it just me, or do the Japanese malts have much more of that damp moss aspect you mention?

14 years ago 0

WhiskyNotes commented

It is certainly a common element. I've found it in other Hakushu and Karuizawa as well.

14 years ago 0

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