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Suntory Hakushu Heavily Peated

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Suntory Hakushu Heavily Peated

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Suntory Hakushu Heavily Peated

Nose: Lemon curd and lots of campfire smoke , sweet peat and an earthy Element too. Ground black pepper as well. Given blind I would guess this is a young Caol ila maybe because of the lemony sort of profile, although there is some pepper which is quite unique.

Palate: Rather oily. Earthy damp peat. Wood smoke. Sweet fruit : think pears. Soot. Salt and a nice addition of black pepper and bitter wood.

Finish: A salty toast. Smoke and sweet peat to finish with.

Very good stuff in my opinion. Quite different than the 12 yo I had previously. Lots of Smoke of course and peat, and also salt I don’t recall from the last one. Pepper is here for sure. A nice buy if you can get hold of a bottle, and as prices have gone up, it’s not cheap. Most Online shops I use do not have it in stock (Mom,TWE) so I am not sure where to get hold of a bottle any ideas?

www.drankdozijn.nl they sell it here for just over €70,- Still a lot of money :(


Hakushu (pronounce ‘hack-shoe’) released this Heavily Peated on the market in 2009. It serves as the Japanese answer to the popular Islay whiskies. It is very light in color and bottled at 48% ABV.

The nose is indeed fairly peated, but not quite as strong as an Ardbeg or Laphroaig, mind you. It remains pretty subdued. A bit coastal and meaty, but rather simple. Some vanilla and green apples, oyster juice, sea water and a touch of ashes.

The peat is more pronounced on the palate, that is very peppery. Wonderfully sweet, too, with green apples again (peelings more like), vanilla and salt. If tasted blind, I might confuse this with a Ileach. You might too, I suppose. A young Caol Ila or Laffie.

The finish, medium in length, remains on green apples and some white pepper. Fresh, though.

A nicely peated whisky, that can hold its own next to its cousins on Islay. But to fork over 80 EUR for this? I would rather buy two bottles of Laphroaig 10.

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