Hakushu Heavily Peated

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
American White Oak Hogshead
Number of bottles
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 Nov 2010 11:43 am

Average value

€ 853.12

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Whisky Reviews for Hakushu Heavily Peated

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.78 points

  1. bull10298 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Drinkers of Japanese whisky are more familiar with Suntory?s Yamazaki range than
    malts from its sister distillery of Hakushu. Hakushu is located on the edge of
    the Southern Japan Alps, west of Mount Fuji, and was established in 1973. It is
    an extremely flexible distillery, with stills of varying shapes, sizes,
    configurations and heating methods. The latest Hakushu release is of
    heavily-peated spirit, which carries no age statement and is not chill-filtered
    prior to bottling. It has been matured in American white oak hogsheads. The nose
    offers sweet peat, iodine, new leather, apricots, vanilla and a whiff of coal
    tar soap. Fruitier with the addition of water. Peat, plus tinned peaches in
    syrup on the palate. More ashy with water. Lingering in the finish, with ginger
    and sweet oak.



  2. barryfox915 scored this whisky 60 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Pale gold-gold.
    Nose: Clean, polished, with lots of exotic wood, rose
    and jasmine water, and some clean peat.
    Taste: Clean, rather silky
    (paraffine) and smooth, on dry and clean peat, with with exotic wood, rose and
    jasmine water. The finish is medium, smooth, floral, and on dry peat.
    Impression: A smooth and elegant Hakushu. Labelled as heavily peated, the peat
    level is closing to medium peated Scotch single malt. With its smooth silky and
    floral notes, it offers an interesting contrast to the dry Scotch peated whisky.
    A very “Japanese” whisky.




  3. Georges scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. Georges scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, coastal, seaweed, sour apples
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, spicy, sweet, fruity
    • Finish
      Medium long, smoky, sour apples

  5. Achany scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Sonett scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Nose is not as intense as I expected. There are Charcoal smoke, a coastal tone, vanilla, light fruits. 
    • Taste
      Enters with a dry taste, then increasing spices and smoke
    • Finish
      Medium long, dry with fading spices and smoke

  7. Furtia scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A nicely peated whisky, that can hold its own next to its cousins on Islay. But to fork over 80 EUR for this? I would rather buy two bottles of Laphroaig 10.
    • Nose
      The nose is indeed fairly peated, but not quite as strong as an Ardbeg or Laphroaig, mind you. It remains pretty subdued. A bit coastal and meaty, but rather simple. Some vanilla and green apples, oyster juice, sea water and a touch of ashes.
    • Taste
      The peat is more pronounced on the palate, that is very peppery. Wonderfully sweet, too, with green apples again (peelings more like), vanilla and salt. If tasted blind, I might confuse this with a Ileach. You might too, I suppose. A young Caol Ila or Laffie.
    • Finish
      The finish, medium in length, remains on green apples and some white pepper. Fresh, though.

  9. Willie JJ scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Typically good japanese malt.
    • Nose
      Floral peat smoke with lemon. Slight sour note.
    • Taste
      Sweet embers, lightly ashy, hot sparks and citrus.
    • Finish
      Fascinating, smokey barley water.

  10. magic_slim scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nothing spectacular but a very good and easy drinking whisky.
    • Nose
      Mellow, starts with notes of varnish, which is typical for many Japanese whiskies. The smell of varnish gets weaker after a few minutes and other aromas come through. Peat and lemons are the most prominent ones. Weak notes of smoke, mushrooms and vanilla as well. Pleasant.
    • Taste
      Smooth and soft, with mild peat and lemon aromas in the dominating role. A little ash, vanilla and mushrooms. Tasty.
    • Finish
      Long and clean - tastes like peaty lemonade.


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