White Oak Akashi x Hanahato

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
04 years old
Kijyoshu Sake Cask Finish
Number of bottles
61.0 % Vol.
500 ml
Bottled for
ESPOA, Japan
jp Japan
Added on
03 Mar 2019 5:51 pm by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 206,27

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9 × member ratings

12 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for White Oak Akashi x Hanahato

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.00 points

  1. Abadon05 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Certainly an untypical whisky that you do not often have in the glass. For the age very interesting, but does not blow one now synonymous. For the price definitely too expensive.
    But he definitely needs some time, then he gets better.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Lots of lemon, then comes the alcohol. Light cereal notes are also included. Likewise milk chocolate. And a sardonic, atypical note, which I would identify as a specific for this or generally for the Japanese whisky and thus probably the sake barrel is attributed. Goes towards grassy notes. Definitely interesting, even if I do not like this grade.
      With water, this typical note increases even more, while the sweet lemon note is clearly in the background.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet. Honey, some lemon, but also a significant spiciness by the alcohol strength. Also the grassy specific sake-oak-wort is there.
      With a little more time, the lemon and the sweetness and the milk chocolate come to light, while the oak spice moves into the background.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium. This grassy sake oak note spreads in the mouth. In addition, a little sweetness.

  2. ARDBERG scored this whisky 49 points Connoisseur

    A friend got me 4 2cl Akashi samples fresh from the recent whiskyfair in Nürnberg:

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/127433/white-oak-03-year-old Tequila 82-74-66
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/96992/white-oak-05-year-old Cognac 86-83-78
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/112139/eigashima-the-aka-head Red Wine 87-83-80
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/127024/white-oak-akashi-x-hanahato Sake 42-50-55

    It is my first encounter with Akashi and sadly I must say that it wasn’t so pleasant. In general I found the drams quite harder to drink than any other whiskies I had before and I found them more or less unbalanced (except the red wine) where the young whisky did not really find a way to accomodate the cask finish. Instead of taking the guest room, the finish took over the house and ruined it somewhat. Present in all whiskies was white pepper, sometimes to horrific extent. The Sake stands out being so obscure that you might either love or hate it - I had to brace myself before every sip and if this would be the last whisky on a deserted island I would rather drink seawater.
    A few drops of water helped all drams, though expect no wonders reg. the Sake.

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/127433/white-oak-03-year-old Tequila 82-74-66
    Nose: The nose is a bit new makey (young), malty and fruity (citrus, pear), pleasant at first, reminding me of bourbon casked 8 or 10yo Bruichladdich.
    With more air, the Tequila comes through which is bad news as it dominates the whisky. Bags of white pepper make the nose more unpleasant.
    Taste: Hasta proxima Whisky! Hola Tequila! Dry, perfumey (gentian), white pepper. I rather drink a regular tequila neat compared to this.
    Finish: Short, only in the mouth. The tequila overstays it’s welcome here, too. The white pepper adds cold spice.
    Totally unbalanced and dominated by tequila. Drinking a bottle tequila gets me more for my money and a more pleasant taste.

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/96992/white-oak-05-year-old Cognac 86-83-78
    Nose: A subtle Cognac note enhances an otherwise new makey whisky, which is dry with a candy sweetness and exactly one yellow plum.
    Taste: Dense and syrupy, honey, yellow fruits, dryness (gentian) and white pepper.
    Finish: Fire! White pepper enhances the flames burning the lips. This stays throbbingly around the mouth.
    Much better than the tequila but far off being an easy dram.

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/112139/eigashima-the-aka-head Red Wine 87-83-80
    Nose: a big lucious sweetnees with depth. Some marzipan. The grapes shine through giving the young whisky more maturity.
    Reminds me of Laddie wine cask valinches.
    Taste: Wine and sweetness (grapes). Too much white pepper.
    Finish: Fire, wine and white pepper. Spicy and dry. A hint of concentrated swiss cow dung in the aftertaste.
    A tad better than the Cognac.

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/127024/white-oak-akashi-x-hanahato Sake 42-50-55
    Nose: Some fellow germans might remember „die Kuh Elsa“ and this might be the nose of her last visit to the latrine. This is the most concentrated smell of cow dung I have ever smelled outside of a farm. Imagine a butt full of dung mixed with mouldy cabbage water left over after cooking a cabbage 14 days ago. The best attributes I could find was gorgonzola dolce sweetness, some citrus and honey. WTH?
    Taste: This is how I imagine liquid cow dung to taste. I had to brace myself before every sip.
    Finish: Hoping for a quick finish here but the dung stays somewhat, some yellow fruits come through at the end and make it less horrific.
    I was expecting so much of this one. It is one of the worst whiskies I have ever tried. I wonder whether the sample bottle was contaminated, but hell, with what?

    This Akashi experiment has failed badly.
    It just doesn’t seem to be my taste.
    • Nose
      42 42
    • Taste
      50 50
    • Finish
      55 55


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