70cl // 48.2% ABV
The much anticipated Hakushu Bourbon Barrel sees the gently peated Japanese whisky aged entirely in first fill bourbon barrels. This has resulted in a great deal of creamy sweetness – absolutely delicious!
It is rare that you will find a whisky this drinkable or complex.
The first word that comes to mind when you nose this whisky is purity.
Everything is luscious and swollen except the smoke; there’s just that subtle hint of smokiness (not peatiness, but a fine green-wood smoke) that’s characteristic of Hakushu’s malt.
Nose: Creamy and sweet, some lemon drizzle cake and black forest honey, a litle coconut milk and buttery toffee. A touch of cooked banana and guava too.
Palate: Creamy and thick with banana split, butterscotch and barrel char upfront. Hints of smoke, alongside melon and pineapple. A little allspice develops.
Finish: Fruity and tangy with porridge oats and golden syrup.