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.
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
Haksuhu 25 Years – Suntory – 43.0% ABV
Unable to get the exact cask details for this blend
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
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.
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