Hakushu 25 Years 

The 25 year Hakushu is the oldest whisky matured in the distillery of Hakushu (Suntory). The long maturation process has produced a dark amber colour which keeps the signature freshness; sweet caramel; and fruity plum flavour. The subtle smoke remains light for the finish, rounding off a complex and complete whisky.

Hakushu is the younger brother of Yamazaki and if you have not heard of Haksuhu, I am sure you would after Haksuhu 25 Years was awarded the ‘World’s Best Single Malt’ by the World Whisky Awards this year (2018). In addition to the recent award, Hakushu 25 Years has trophy cabinet full of accolades.

Yamazaki has been in the spot light and always a fan favourite; but the Chief Blender of Suntory Shinji Fukuyo, has helped Hakushu ascend to the spotlight. If you have not tried this yet, I highly recommend it.


Hakashu 25 Years – Drinking at the Hakushu Distillery Bar

Tasting Notes:

Colour: Dark amber

Nose: Plum, cigar humidor, caramel

Palate: Creme brulee, sage, lavender, baked pineapple

Finish: Long, pleasantly smoked, hint of cypress (hinoki)

Notes Courtesy of Hakushu, Suntory


Whisky Details:

Haksuhu 25 Years – Suntory – 43.0% ABV

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2009: World Whisky Awards – Best Japanese Single Malt

2010: International Spirits Challenge – Gold Medal

2012: International Spirits Challenge – Trophy

2013: International Spirits Challenge – Gold Medal

2014: International Spirits Challenge – Gold Medal

2015: International Spirits Challenge – Gold Medal

2016: International Spirits Challenge – Gold Medal; World Whisky Awards – Best Japanese Single Malt

2017: International Spirits Challenge – Gold Medal; World Whisky Awards – Best Japanese Single Malt

2018: Words Whisky Awards – World’s Best Single Malt


Distillery Information:

Hakushu was first established in established in 1973 and it is the forest distillery of Suntory in Japan. The grounds are kept lush and surrounded by Japanese cypress from Mt. Kaikomagatake. At Hakushu they have 6 Wash Stills and 6 Spirit Stills. The Spirit here produces the Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve (standard), 12 Yr, 18 Yr, 25 Yr, Heavily Peated and Sherry Cask.

Hakushu Distillery – Still Room


Hakushu Distillery – The front of the Museum


Hakushu Distillery – Tour Warehouse


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Hakushu 25 Years
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Born in the United Kingdom, Gavin has lived in England, Australia, USA, Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, Solomon Islands and Japan. His Whisky knowledge stemmed from his passion for traveling and the maturing of his palate. Since then, he has undertaken many tours to distilleries or bars in Scotland, Japan Australia to deepen this knowledge. He has made many international whisky contacts and vast domestic ones in Japan. His expertise lies in Japanese Whisky and promoting it Internationally. He is the Founder and President of Whisky Enlightenment

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