Hakushu is “the mountain forest distillery,” located deep in the forest of Japan’s Southern Alps. It is embraced for its herbal, gently smoky flavour.
The innovation in Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve comes from using a lightly peated malt whisky as its “young talent.” This is a first in the Hakushu Range. Typically, lightly peated malt whiskies would lose their smokiness while gaining complexity during the ageing process. However, for this “young talent” whisky, Hakushu’s maturation process comes from its unique forest environment, allowing it to retain both characteristics along with a fresh and crisp taste. The blenders added Hakushu heavily peated malt whiskies to highlight its signature peaty taste. Then American white oak cask malt whiskies (aged approximately 18 years) were used to provide body, give depth and to enhance Hakushu’s refreshing, crisp characteristics. Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve is a whisky that is smooth in its complex nuances and as vibrant as a fresh green leaf. Discover a new taste and the exciting next generation of Hakushu — a unique addition to The Hakushu collection. It bears no age statement and arrives in the glass at a standard 43% ABV. Enjoy it neat, on the rocks or as a Highball for a sublime Japanese whisky experience.
Nose: Quite herbaceous. Green fruit, mint, cucumber, pine, grassy, spearmint.
Palate: Mint, cucumber, green fruit, grapefruit and just a touch of smoke at the back.
Finish: Light, delicate, refreshing and some subtle smoke.
This whisky and more, are available at http://www.lazada.sg/whisky/japan/