Friday, 7 February 2014

Suntory Hakushu Bourbon Barrel

Suntory Hakushu Bourbon Barrel
Picture: The Whisky Exchange

Identity Card

  • Official bottling from Hakushu Distillery (Japan)
  • NAS  single malt Japanese whisky
  • Alcohol: 48.2% ABV

A hand carved oak fruit bowl

Tasting notes

Colour: gold

Nose: A hand-carved oak fruit bowl, full of tropical fruits. Think of pineapple and coconut. Water adds bananas, citrus and melons. And of course some oak and vanilla. You'll discover even a bit of white pepper.

Taste: Due to the ABV it is quite hot on the tongue. Yet the fruity flavours give it a fresh body. Green (sour) apples and bananas. And once again some melon and pineapple. At the end a faint hint of smoke. Finish: Short and crispy, like you've just had a bite of a Granny Smith apple.

Conclusion: A typical summertime dram from our Japanese friends. Fresh and fruity. It does not come with an age statement, though it is quite expensive. Count € 80 - €90. The 2013 edition is even more expensive. €110 approximately.
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