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
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.
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.
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).