Hakushu 12 Year Single Malt Japanese Whisky
Hakushu 12-Year Whiskey is a lively and invigorating spirit, embodying the pristine beauty of the Southern Japanese Alps with its golden hue and subtle smokiness. It greets the senses with a delightful bouquet of sweet pear and butter cookie, culminating in a dry, smoked finish that mirrors the serene landscapes from which it hails.
With each sip, you'll discover a harmonious dance of sweet honey, citrusy cocoa powder, and vanilla, accompanied by notes of orange, grapefruit, and a whisper of malty grain and oak. Delicate hints of date and blueberry add complexity to its profile, while its gentle warmth caresses the palate.
Despite its not-so-heavy body, Hakushu 12 is a symphony of citrus and fruit, offering a flavor profile robust and satisfying, akin to a whiskey with a 47% ABV. It's a delightful and easy drink, with a palate that unfolds beautifully when savored. Engage in a sensory exploration, and you'll find savory notes emerging amidst the sweetness, with honey, various fruits, vanilla, roasted chocolate, and subtle herbs and spices playing in harmony. A faint wisp of smoke weaves through the experience, delicate and almost elusive.
The finish is a celebration of citrus, with the vibrant energy of fresh oranges and grapefruits taking center stage. Oak tannins make a subtle appearance, accompanied by the dry, bitter allure of citrus peel and a hint of mint. As the finish unfolds, the initial sweetness retreats, leaving behind the lingering taste of dry citrus peel and oak, reminiscent of the aftertaste of a freshly savored orange.
When you take the time to "chew" and savor the whiskey, the finish reveals deeper, roasted notes, with candied orange, honey, roasted grains, dark chocolate, mint, and dried hay joining the chorus. It's a finish that slowly fades, leaving a delightful aftertaste of smoldering citrus peel, honey, mint, and rock sugar. Each sip of Hakushu 12-Year Whiskey is a journey through flavor, a delicious and enchanting experience waiting to be discovered.