- Type Single malt
- Brand Suntory
- Distillery Hakushu
- Region Honshu – Yamanashi
- Trader Officiel
- Age Non âgé
- Degree 43 %
- Volume 70 cl
- Peat Non peated
- Package Cardboard box
Suntory extended its permanent range of single malts with the brand new Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve. Born of an unusual blend of aged whiskies and young whiskies but with surprising character, this whisky is the result of a 90 year old know-how, transmitted to the brand blenders.
Complex and sweet, the Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve is very attractive with its rich floral and fruity aromas ranging from citrus, mint and melon notes to lightly woody and smoky flavours. Very nice and refreshing, you can taste it dry or “on the rocks”, but also the Japanese typical way “highball” lying with sparkling water and decorated with a sprig of fresh mint .
For Suntory, “age doesn’t necessarily make the quality of a whisky”, and inspired by this philosophy transmitted by the Torii family and its three generations of master blenders, the Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve is a very strong connection between original and aged whiskies named “veterans” and younger but atypical and complex whiskies despite their age, called “young talents”.
For this new single malt, the blenders team selected as “young talent” a Hakushu Lightly Peated whisky making roundness and freshness. The other two main ingredients are two “veterans”, a Heavily Peated aged a dozen years for the typical smoky notes of the distillery signature, and a 18 year old “veteran” aged in American white oak which will give to the Hakushu Reserve Distiller’s maturity and complexity.
This bottle is a green and crunchy entry in the Hakushu Range, combining whisky of a wide variety of ages, from across the range of casks used by the distillery to create a gently smoky dram, packed with fruity flavour.
Hakushu Reserve Bottling Note
From the Hakushu distillery in the foothills of Mount Kaikomagatake comes their Distiller’s Reserve single malt whisky, a no-age-statement expression, that captures the smoky, herbaceous characteristics of their whiskies. Both lightly-peated and heavily-peated malts were used for this complex and deeply enjoyable whisky. One of two Spring 2014 release from Suntory.
Tasting Note by The Chaps at the Master of Malt
Nose: The herbs are very up front with this one. Peppermint, pine and pleasant grassy notes. Cucumber and melon round out the nose.
Palate: All the notes on the nose swim effortlessly through the palate, the mint developing sweeter notes as it goes on. Citrus zest also pops in to say hello.
Finish: A waft of smoke appears during the long finish.