Hakushu 18-year-old

Category Single Malt from Japan
Distillery
Bottler Distillery Bottling
Bottled 2007
Age 18 years old
Strength 43.5 % Vol.
Size 700 ml
Price 113.30$ 146.16£ 89.51
Uncolored
numen Tasting note
a couple of months ago
numen gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

Crystallized sugar sweet malt and rich soft, yellow fruit. Lemon, peaches, and glazed apricots. Orange zest and fruit-wax. Sweet young calvados/green apple. With time, the apples become far more prominent and dominant. Eventually, a faint smoke and verdant trees in a damp forest emerge.

Taste

Pleasant and easy enough. Maybe even too easy. Rather silky and on heavy cream. No real oomph. Honey, apple slices, vanilla, lemon, waxy sweet lemons. Soft and sweet ginger, a little salt. Fairly simple and linear. This strikes me more as a dessert malt or calming digestif.

Finish

Clear and precise. Smattering of yellow citric tropical fruit, not always distinct, malt, zest, and even more residual cream film. Very enjoyable and clearly very well made, if only wanting for just a bit more 'there' there really.

Comments

from a sample from a friend

ralfh Tasting note
less than a year ago
ralfh gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Trotz der 43%, als erstes Alkohol in der Nase

Kirschblüten, Orangen, roter Apfel, Eichenwürze vom Fass über allem

Taste

Süsse, Karamell, Orange, leichte Schärfe vom Alkohol und von der Eiche

Finish

Bitterkeit vom Holz, die schnell vergeht. Die Süsse tritt wieder stärker in den Vordergrund, leichte Schärfe bleibt lang auf der Zungenspitze

Comments

Gegenüber anderen 18y enttäuscht er etwas, lässt sich aber gut trinken

nathanyael Review note
less than a year ago
nathanyael gave this whisky 85 points
Weighted Rate
85
Nose
89
Initial taste
88
Body
86
Finish
83
Price
75
Presentation
85
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Dede Note
less than a year ago
Dede gave this whisky 89 points

Expressif, fruits compotés, tourbe légère, bouche sur la liqueur d'orange amère et une tourbe subtile. Finale longue et chocolatée.

"I can resist anything but temptation." O. Wilde
Hans-Ludwig Note
less than a year ago

Farbe: hell und leicht rötlich


Aroma: etwas torfig, viel Frucht - vielleicht Ananas?


Geschmack: voll, Früchte, eine Andeutung von Honig und Schokolade. Rauch schwebt über allem.


Finish: sehr kurz - lässt nicht einmal eine Erinnerung an den tollen Geschmack zurück.


Fazit: der Hakushu lässt sich prima trinken - ein intensives Geniessen ist aber sicherlich nicht so sein Ding. Der Geschmack lässt sich nur ansatzweise entschlüsseln. 


getz Note
less than a year ago
getz gave this whisky 84 points

A massive step up in quality from the standard Hakushu 12 yrs, this 18yo is amazingly well-defined (as we`ve come to expect from Japanese whisky) with deliciously rounded fruit and cereal flavours, at times surprisingly reminiscent of the finest Irish potstill whisky (eg Redbreast 15yo).

getz Note
less than a year ago
getz gave this whisky 84 points

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Orange, pear and a dry smokiness. Fruit salad.

Palate: Patisserie sweet, baked goods and baked goodness!

Finish: Long and fruity with Manuka honey with subtle smokiness.

Overall: A fantastic Japanese whisky that hits all the right notes.

Alex Tasting note
about a year ago
Alex gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Yellow gold
Nose

first all on rich Japanese oak, then floral and fragrant. Sweet and round nose.

Taste

Sweet start, soon getting drier with malty and floral notes. Mildly spiced.

Finish

Medium to short; some sweetness remains and a little bitterness comes up

Comments

Not close to the Yamazaki 18. Re. price/value, better go for the Hakushu 12yo

saintjimmy Tasting note
a couple of years ago
saintjimmy gave this whisky 76 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

fresh apples and vinegar.

Taste

tender peat smoke with green and citrus fruits.

Finish

gentle oak with again citrus fruits.

Comments

Not as good as expected...

markjedi1 Tasting note
a couple of years ago
markjedi1 gave this whisky 82 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

The nose plays in a different league than the 10 Year Old. More expressive on vanilla, fresh wood shavings. No. Make that the still warm edge of a fresly sawn plank. Quite nice, even if it doen not reveal a lot of fruit, besides some apples. Flowers as well. Despite all that, this nose is just as light.

Taste

It has a little more body than the younger version, but is still not completely mouthcoating. Fairly spicy with some apples and cinnamon, but it lacks a bit of punch. Hardly any peat to speak of (not that I was looking for it). Okay, but not grand.

Finish

The finish is the highlight of this Japanese whisky: long and slightly drying because of the Mizunara.

Comments

The nose was worth the effort, but it did not really deliver on the palate. The finish was the best part, but coughing up about 60 EUR seems a bit much.

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Overall rating
72 member votes
85.66
Average review ratings
Weighted Rate
85.20
Nose - Aroma
89.00
Initial taste
88.00
Body
86.00
Finish
83.00
Price
75.00
Presentation
85.00
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